Today is the last day of International Fake Journal Month (for some the journey is going to continue into May, but more on that in another post).
So for this year's fake journal I've been working in a large (11.5 x 8.5 inch) Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook. The book is landscape so that's a huge problem for me (I don't like landscape books because I stand up when I sketch—just go ahead and try to hold 23 inches of flapping book in a stiff breeze while you sketch and paint).
The good news is at this size Moleskine doesn't perforate the pages of their watercolor sketchbooks. FANTASTIC. So why don't they get a clue and stop perforating the pages of their other w.c. books as well?
And why can't they produce watercolor sketchbooks (with no perforations of course) in portrait orientation? (I think there is a campaign to encourage them to do this. Can someone write in with a link? Can we all write in and urge them to do so?)
I have some issues with this paper which I'll go into at another time, the main issue is that the sizing is not uniform across the page and sometimes the watercolor beads up! But I digress.
Overall, it has been a sturdy book and if they would make a 7 x 9 or 6 x 8 inch book in portrait orientation with no perforation I might even be able to get behind it, uneven sizing and all. Sigh.
But the point today was to just show you a detail from one of my pages, prepainted with acrylic paints, then sketched on with a Uniball Vision Elite (which evidently isn't waterproof, I picked it up instead of the Vision Needle which is labeled waterproof; but no biggie as you can hide the bleeding with gouache).
I thought this pigeon was quite charming. You can see the full page spread of pigeons on the Official International Fake Journal Blog.