A recent post by artist Leonie Andrews commented on the way the paper in a Moleskine sketchbook sucked in ink from her fountain pen and the watercolour wash beaded. I also have a Moleskine sketchbook and took this out again today.
Mostly I use a Derwent book containing cartridge paper. Above are some of my first sketches after I bought my Lamy safari fountain pen and brushpen. This is the combination I have been using for all my recent bird drawings in the field, except that now I also use a water wash to loosen the lines.
Today, I sketched the same subject, my son, while he squinted into the sun and addressed a bacon sandwich after we had been cycling. It is an unflattering sketch and inaccurate – I have got the proportions wrong and so he looks way too old. in my defence, he most certainly did not model for me, but chomped and looked around while I drew fast.
Still, the point is that this sketch was done in the Moleskine notebook. The water wash does move the ink but the paper underneath serves as a resist. I like the way it dries after beading. This makes for a dynamic texture. Its just a question now of my learning to use it right.