Thursday, October 22, 2009
From the Paperblanks site:
Handstitched Tao: four masters of stillness
"Traditional Chinese painters aimed to capture the inner essence of the visual form. Their rhythmic brushstrokes on silk or paper were attuned to give form to the invisible forces of the universe — the Tao that pervades the world we inhabit. These paintings by four Chinese Masters of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries reveal the workings of the Tao through the vitality and expressiveness of their brushstrokes and the harmonious rhythm of composition. "
Ultra — 7″ × 9″ — 128 pages
Midi — 4¾″ × 6¾″ — 128 pages
Handstitched binding — Memento pouch
The way this binding is stitched allows the book to open and lie very flat.
My only issue with this book is that since the cover paper/design is flat on this model, it allows the cover to become easily scratched.
Off white paper makes markers look bright and vibrant.
Fountain pen inks work well on this paper and you can refer to my original Paperblanks review for more fountain pen ink comments. In fact, I've been using a different lined Paperblanks journal for all of my Diamine ink tests.
Doodling with a Pitt Artist Pen and Derwent Inktense pencils. Water was applied with a Niji Waterbrush to the first layer of pencil. Colors came out vibrant on this paper.
Painting with artist grade watercolor paints. As this paper has a high clay content- which allows it to resist inks, (this means no feathering or bleedthrough) it's not the world's greatest paper for painting with watercolor. It seems as though the less water you use, the better.
Image was colored with Neocolor II Water Soluble Crayons and then brushed over with water. See the way it's difficult to get the strokes to blend?
On the above image, I touched the tip of the wet brush against the crayon to pick up the color and then painted with the brush. This method allows you to use less water and apply a thicker layer of color.
All in all, I like Paperblanks products. I like that their paper is fountain pen friendly and that they have about a million cover options. (Except for plain black. LOL) I think this book would make for a pretty decent art journal with its ability to lie flat. Pencils, pens, markers all love this paper - and when you paint with watercolors, I recommend doing it in a way that uses less water than more.
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Product was provided by manufacturer at my request for purposes of review.