Eager to start the new journal I opened to the first page and sketched Gert, my large rubber chicken puppet. (I've written about Gert before and posted many of the sketches I've done of her over the years. She is developing a fan base so starting today I've got a new category "Gert(partial)"—the partial of course referring to the fact that it is starting today and doesn't link to past Gerts. You can see a short video of Gert and some of the journals in which she appears in "My Prized Possessions: Episode Two—Gert."
This journal is 6-3/8 x 9.5 inches. I made it in 2005 with a paper I'd just found in the art supply store: Bogus Paper. It came in pads and the cover of the pad led me to believe it was intended for fashion design students to sketch on. But it would be great for anyone to sketch on. I bought a pad and came home and tore it down into signatures.
Searching for a link I found that Bogus paper is a term used for industrial packing paper. This isn't what I am using, so follow the link I've provided. Also my paper is brown not gray. My link says that the paper is chemical free and biodegradable—hmm. I don't know what that means as far as archival. Maybe it will just dissolve in my journals over time?
Typically I don't use padded papers to make books. The padding process tends to flatten the tooth of the paper more than if you buy that paper in a large, loose sheet. Also you pay more per piece of paper in a pad (generally). But if it is the only way I can get a taste of a paper…
I have no idea how the journal will age (as I've mentioned above). After five years on the shelf, waiting to be used, the paper is still fine, still a lovely brown, and not brittle at all. Who knows. (I've ordered full sheets of the paper to tear down for more quick sketch books.)
The paper has a CHUNKY and nubby surface which would be lovely with any thicker media that can give you an interesting broken line—charcoal, thick pencils, dry brush—you get the idea. It is fabulous to use the Pentel Pocket Brush on it. And I like using my Staedtler Pigment Liners on this paper as well. Because of the surface of the paper you can't expect a smooth line, however. And, the paper SUCKS the ink out of your pen or brush so keep that hand moving! Great fun. (Though it is also fun to let the paper soak the ink out of your pen into an interesting blob.)
Now you know what it is you'll see it in the next several posts.