About the time I started learning figure drawing, Holly Nichols of HNicholsIllustration, opened her shop! So I like to think I've been following her and have been encouraged by her since her career's beginning.
Holly began fine art lessons as a child and studied studio art in college. One class involved illustration markers that she used in her free time to sketcg runway designs on napkins. Through practice she created her own style and through the prompting of friends, she opened an etsy shop.
To test out the Jane Davenport Mixed Media paper, I decided to buy the 9x12 large canvas journal. JDMM offers journals in multiple sizes and the option of a printed or a blank canvas cover. All of them including the same paper. The blank canvas cover is meant for us to paint and create a cover ourselves which I thought was really fun!
The paper inside is 120 lbs. heavy enough for watercolor and durable enough for mixed media. One thing that makes this journal unique is that one side of the paper is a smooth hot press and the other side of the paper is a textured cold pressed, again giving you options to see what you like best and what works best for different mediums.
The binding is neatly stitched between the pages so it lays flat open. The first thing I noticed about the paper was how light it is. I expected it to be very heavy and dense given that it is a watercolor weight. One side is smooth, hot press and the other is textured, cold press. I also expected the cold press texture to be bumpy but it is more lightly texture and the texture didn't affect the smoothness of sketching on it to much.
Knowing Jane Davenport is all about mixed media I decide to try different mediums to see how they held up.
Staedler Water Pencils went down nicely and melted well when I applied water.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens didn't melt well when I applied water, it took a lot of water for it not to look streaky and the paper started to pill some. After it dried I was able to brush the little pilled (is that a word?) pieces off.
When I tried watercolor on it, it held its place well. A lot of papers drip the watercolor and it gets frustrating when colors bleed more than I intended them too. I was happy to see this and so far as I try more water it will hold up. A few times it has buckled some but overall buckling has not been a large issue.
I am most impressed over how it holds watercolor instead of dripping together if the colors get close. This is a really good sketchbook, the paper is light and flexible, the book lays open flat, and the watercolor doesn't run together too much.
Have you tried any of the JDMM products? What did you think of them?