Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Objects of My Affection in a Carnet de Voyage Travel Album by Clairefontaine


Playing around in one of the new Clairefontaine Carnet de Voyage Travel Albums – not yet for sale in the US. (Soon….) It’s noted as 180g (83lb) “drawing paper” but that wouldn’t stop me nor Sandra from trying a multitude of art supplies on its medium textured surface.

I used artist grade watercolors, colored markers and black ink pens to create this piece which I call, “Objects of My Affection.” The page did slightly buckle with the watercolors but I’m fine with the results and wouldn’t have a problem working on the reverse.

I’ve been working a lot lately with acrylic paints and I can see myself laying down a nice flat layer of black gesso and then working with Neocolor Crayons over top, or with additional thin layers of  acrylic paints.

These books come in two sizes: 8 1/4 x 11 3/4″ (shown above) and 6×8 1/4.” I like the idea of the smaller book for travel and also for working “in hand.” The back cover on each is stiff and includes an elastic band to keep the book closed when not in use – a feature I really like.

The paper is white (to my eyes) though noted as “ivory” in the Exaclair catalog. 30 sheets/60 pages of acid free paper are noted as “excellent for drawing, sketching as well as light use of wet media.”

Ask your favorite retailer to stock these!

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