Wednesday, December 23, 2009
After creating over 800 different mandalas over the course of the last three years, I've found that hands down, I prefer to do them in a book or block that allows me to fold the cover back. This allows me to easily spin the book around on a table or in my hand if I'm working on my lap. (Spinning the book allows me to work a little more evenly on the design.)
The Clairefontaine square spiral bound watercolor book shown above is one of the most perfect products I've yet to find that suits all of my needs. The paper is glorious and readily accept watercolors, markers, pen & ink....
The square Clairefontaine book is also the one that participants in my Mandala Workshops used at the Rhythm Renewal this past summer.
Fabriano makes a square artist journal called the Quadrato but unless I'm working on a flat surface, (which is hardly ever) I find it very awkward to use. Though I can't fold the cover back on any of these, I actually like the large Artist's Journal better than the small or the square.
Showing the laid surface from the Quadrato journal.