Now, I do have a fair amount of paper stashed away. But I didn't start playing with paints or wet media until this year so most of my paper is colourful notebook paper (which I LOVE!) and cheap scrapbook paper. This type of paper buckles badly & will pretty much disintegrate with too much paint. I don't have the funds for gesso or anything to treat my paper so I have taken to doing this:
|mini art journaling "pages"|
I do my little art journal "pages" on small scraps of paper or blank ATCs & glue them into my book.
This eliminates a lot of barriers for me.
1) It doesn't matter if the paper buckles or the paint seeps thru- because it's just going to be glued down anyway!
2) I use less paint & ink, which means I don't use up my supplies too quickly
3) My notebooks don't get filled up faster than I want (I generally like my journals to last me 6 months- 1 year)
3) I've found that I prefer to make smaller paintings & drawings rather than larger ones. It keeps me from getting overly fussy about details & making it perfect. Full page spreads for every idea would be too much.
4) I can work on my journal even when I don't have it with me
I have a bunch of pre-cut cards that are stashed in my journal pocket, purse, wallet & a couple other convenient places. Most of them are blank but I do sometimes prep the background ahead of time, like the ones above. I also use scraps or scratch paper & cut them down later.
Anyway, I just wanted to throw this out there into cyber space. Maybe somebody else will find it helpful :)