Sunday, January 4, 2009

"Nope...Not Feeling..."

...any of the "MOLY LOVE" here...
Nope...not even a teeny bit!
I have used the mini moleskine for ink drawings
and
it seemed to be just fine...
even took some watercolor fairly well...
So, naturally,
I was sooo excited to crack open my new sketchbook sized Moleskine...
Until I began to paint in it...
What a reality check!
Where did all my deep colors go???
I am not giving up quite yet...But I thought I'd ask you all...
Does any one have any secret hints
about how to apply and/or control the color?
For sure...I know
I went way too wet and the colors soaked through to the backsides
of both pages...
as I was
trying to break through the coating the pages seemed to have...
Any suggestions are deeply appreciated.
What a way to start a new book, Eh???!!!
Nope...
I'm not feeling the love here at all!

"You can't always get what you want,
but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need."
~The Rolling Stones

"We'll see!"
~Me

13 comments:

winna said...

I don't understand what you mean--I use the 5 by 8 1/4 sketch book size and the pocket size 3 1/2 by 5 1/2----and they both respond the same to my watercolor pencils and waterbrushes...

carolsartblog said...

You can try a dab of soap to the watercolor or try gouache - its worked for me in the Moleskine - and I can imagine it might work very nicely with your patterns.

Christy said...

Gesso for when it's paint. For the watercolors I've no clue.

Teri C said...

You need to buy the watercolor Moleskine-it works great with WC but you can't get carried away with too much water.

You must have the regular Moleskine which I like for ink, pencil and CP's. I have used WC a lot on it but you need to put a tiny drop of liquid soap in your water because it breaks the surface and allow the paint to adhere. I actually kind of like the way it turns out with that.

Try it and if it doesn't work, save it for your ink Zentangles. It's called 'live and learn'.

I LOL about your remark on my Cal. dust brush.

Sherry said...

A regular Moleskine just doesn't act like paper you're accustomed to. It has a slick surface, and then there is the issue of the cream color. I mostly use pen and ink or pencil in my Moly. If I want intense color I use acrylic paint thinned with gel medium to approximate washes. It's just a different critter, but one you can learn to love. I think your intricate designs will look great in it, but if you want intense color I'd go for acrylic ink or thinned acrylic paint.

Anita Davies said...

I've read all the tips Margaret but for me the 'less water more pigment' seems to do thr trick. As for 'controlling' the paper, I usually just let the paper do it's own thing with the beading and such and find I often like the effects.
If the strength of colour is a problem for you, try putting a second coat on for depth once the first coat dries and has 'broken' the surface.
;)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I wish I could help you Margaret. I have had the same trouble so I stuck with pen, pencils etc in the moleskine.

Margaret Ann said...

WOWIE! What great ideas you all have contributed here...

Teri and Carol...I just finished a piece trying the drop of soap idea...and will post the results tomorrow for Cactus Monday...seemed to the trick...sort of...still working on the learning curve here...LOL :)

Teri, I do have the Moly watercolor..and was "saving " that for special stuff...like I don't know what but...:)

I just finished a zentangle design too...just in ink which went on perfectly...and am debating the addition of color as I really love the design...that should appear sometime this week as well...plain or colored I don't know which...:)

Anita...I also tried the less water more pigment idea of yours and it was spot on...I do like the way the color flows...when it does flow for me...I'm still at the practice board slapping my hand OUT of my water container...LOL :)I am so glad you chose the Maruman watercolor books for our project! Whew!

Winna...I was just suprised that my paint color saturated the paper so muchon the back of the pages...I must try the watercolor pencils and waterbrush...have used them in the past but not lately...Old habits...you know...LOL :)

Thanks Christy and Sherry too... I do have a lone tube of gouache somewhere and some gel medium too...that maybe attempted at some future point too! :)

If all esle fails...I've always got my Colored pencils and pens...and like Lisa...may reserve the book for only those...

What fun it is to have you all out there to bounce ideas off...Thanks agian! You're each wonderful! :)

Shirley said...

Margaret,
I bought the Sketchbook for my very first travel journal - and decided to paint the first few pages before we went. I was shocked at the non-absorbency of the paper and tried everything - even soap. I think wc pencils seem to work best for most people, but the trouble with absorbency and the cream color finally made me realize I had to move on. I still have an unopened one on my shelf in case I I want to just draw - not paint.

When the Moleskine watercolor journals came out several years later, I jumped to them and now started making my own books.
Shirley

Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

Get a Hand.book, the paper will handle light washes, some pens will bleed thru the paper though... Sharpie, Lumo-color... but Micron and Pitt pens don't bleed, and a Lamy with Noodler Ink won't bleed either. Oh added bonus, they have more pages and are cheaper than the Moleskines.

purplepaint said...

I've found light watercolor washes work okay. The pages do have some sort of coating, try using an eraser on the whole page b4 you start, it seems to remove that coating. Hope that helps. Marva

Chris said...

I'm too late!! AUGH!!!


I didn't have an answer, though.

mARTa said...

Hey, these suggestions are great! I was dissappointed a few years ago and gave up on the moleskine sketchbook. I started one up again today but again dissappointed with the watercolor on it. I'll try some of these suggestions too!