watercolour journalling with Starthmore visual journal sketchbook


Hello frnds,

today I am going to write about my new outdoor companion.

since last year I get a little time to spend with myself as my daughter started going to the playschool for 2 hrs.

I wanted to paint so badly that I thought I should utilize those spare time doing some sketch works on daily basis.

I tried to work with acrylic painting but it didn’t worked out properly because I was always getting distracted by some or the other reasons.

I was desperate as its absolutely frustrating for me of not able to do painting the way I wanted to.

I was nearly broken when the idea of quick sketches striked me.

Visual journaling and sketching outdoor.

. I always liked the idea, as you can see in my previous blogs. I thought it would be great if I start with this concept once again as I have a little time for myself.

I started keeping a sketchbook handy with me with some pigma micron pens. I carried them always whenever I am outdoor.. anywhere and everywhere from children  playgrounds to shopping malls ..

I must say I enjoying drawing people and places.

my sketchbooks varied from the local brand Brustro to Strathmore visual journals.

today I would like to review about my experiences with Strathmore visual journal and cotman portable travel set.IMG_20171006_112358_740


as you can see .. this journal is definitely well travelled .. hence it looks rustic and torn

here I must mention the details.

Visual journal- Starthmore

140 lb ( 300 gsm) watercolor paper

cold pressed

22 sheets – 44 pages

size: 5.5 in X 8 In (14 cm X 20.3 Cm)

Acid free wire bound

lie flat and open 360 degrees

page color- white

 It is compatible with

  • graphic pencils
  • Pen and Ink
  • color pencils
  • charcoal
  • markers
  • soft pastels
  • oil pastels
  • watercolor pencils
  • watercolor
  • acrylic
  • collage
  • gouache

now here is my own experience

just loved this sketchbook. as it is very compact and can be fit into a small sling bag along with compact watercolor set and pens

love the texture of the paper.

I mostly used my cotman travel set and pigma micron pens

here are my sketches as a specimen of my visual review of this excellent sketchbook

these are some of my sketches with cotman watercolor set…

I am in love with watercolor sketches…

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