Sakura Koi Watercolors, Dawn Detergent, Moleskine Sketchbook, Micron pen
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Art Journaling Trick

I just found out something for my art journaling that had been bothering me for a long time.

Sakura Koi Watercolors, Dawn Detergent, Moleskine Sketchbook, Micron pen
Sakura Koi Watercolors, Dawn Detergent, Moleskine Sketchbook, Micron pen

I love Moleskine sketchbooks.

They are sturdy and the books can lay flat. The pages feel like card stock, are creamy colored and have curved corners.

I love using watercolors in them except for the way that the paint usually lays on top of the paper.

Their paper has some kind of smooth coating that resists the watercolor. The watercolor sits on top and doesn’t penetrate the paper without a lot of water and that makes the paper buckle.

This weekend I read the book The Complete Decorated Journal by Gwen Diehn.

Her tip is to mix dishwashing liquid or detergent with the watercolor paint to break the bond on the surface of the paper. It works!

Now I only did it today so I don’t know what will happen to the page or to the paint over time. If it starts to deteriorate I will let you know.

Have you tried a technique that solved an issue you have had with art journaling? What is your tip?

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