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Art Journal Review: Paperclip

3 colourful journals with markers and pens on a table

Paperclip notebooks were one of the first notebooks I bought when I started art journaling. (Art Journal Ideas for Beginners) They’re sturdy, cheap, and look great – a perfect combination of things to help you get started on your art journey.

The papers are thin for dry media, ranging from 60 to 100 gsm. They’re perfect for line sketches and for planning your final pieces. I’ve used these as practice journals to get into the habit of creating something every day without feeling the pressure to make it into something perfect.

line work
line work

I’ve used one of the journals to collect reference drawings and elements for inspiration in all my artwork. 

Paisley drawings
Paisley Elements

I’ve used the colourful Play Series to practice lettering and formatting. 

elaborate lettering with the quote enjoy the little things

These notebooks are also great for their original purpose – taking notes. My husband uses it for his office notes, and my son uses it for his class assignments. The colourful covers not only look pretty but can help you identify the notebook you’re looking for easily.

Do you have recommendations for good journals? Let me know in the comments below.

Note: Some links are part of an affiliate program, which means that if you click on a link and buy something, I might receive a percentage of the sale, at no extra cost to you. 

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