I started a little 3.5”x5” Stillman and Birn Nova with gray-toned paper. It’s perfect for plein air botanical sketches. Art supply-wise, I traveled light for our three-hour hike yesterday, only bringing this sketchbook, a fountain pen, and a white gel pen for these quick studies.
I’ve also started a new, larger Strathmore 500 Mixed Media sketchbook. It has a warm color paper, and it seems to handle all the various mediums I use: ink, washes, graphite, colored pencil, etc.
Nearing the end of this Stillman and Birn sketchbook, all done in ink using fountain pens and ink washes. Ink has become my favorite medium, part drawing, part painting, but the ink flow from a fountain pen is its own unique thing.
Another sketchbook page done, an experiment with graphite, and an embroidery exercise with value.