Friday, July 31, 2015

The last of the Canson Book (the journal)

My journal, The Canson Book, has come to a close. It took me about five months to fill it up and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. The low expectations were based on the paper that on first touch seemed a bit too thin for my taste, at least for a book that claims to be an art book. But the book surprised me. It held up really well to the background layers of watercolour and also to the sporadic art I did in it, so I can definitely recommend it. As long as you don't go too heavy on the mixed media side, this book will hold up really well.

Another thing, beside the paper itself, that held up really well, was the binding. It started out as a nice flat book, but well, after I was done with it, it looked like this:

Not only did I stick a lot of imagery in it, I also added in stuff with paperclips or just loose papers that weren'd attached in any way. You can see by the elastic band that I stretched this book a little, haha. But it's still in one piece and doesn't look battered at all. Used yes, but not battered. And the binding is still very much intact. I think I will someday buy another one of these, because I really liked it.

Anyway, the book is finished now and here are some of the last spreads:


As I've said before, this journal was very much a writing journal with added photographs. I really got into using my own photographs with this one. So for the most part I don't really consider it an art journal, but just a regular journal.

Here is the book all full and standing proud:

I must say I'm very pleased with it! I hope you enjoyed watching me fill up this journal. I already have moved on to another one of course, but that's for another post.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!