I wanted to know how much water the paper in the pocket Moleskine Watercolor Journal could handle, so I created an illustration I thought would test its limits. The illustration would include a solid background that would require lots of watery paint. As I painted, I made a point to really load up on paint throughout the image, to see how much the paper would warp and/or curl.
I Created this Self Portrait to Test the Limits of the Paper in a Pocket Moleskine Watercolor Journal.
Painting the small, detailed areas with a very wet brush resulted in slight buckling of the paper, but this completely disappeared when the paint dried and I was able to add additional wet layers without a problem. As I applied more paint, there were fewer problems with paper distortion. Perhaps the additional paint added just enough substance to prevent a lot of distortion on the additional layers.
For the large background, multiple layers of wet paint were applied with a large, sopping mop brush. I painted large puddled areas on each layer, which caused considerable cupping and buckling while wet. Initially, I was concerned that the paper would be quite distorted, but I was thrilled to discover that these cupped areas flattened out considerably as they dried.
The final painting did have some curling near the corners of the paper, but the middle of the piece where the paint was the heaviest, was nearly flat. Overall, this was a fantastic result from the small Moleskine Watercolor Journal and I am pleased to be able to recommend it to anyone considering purchasing one.
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