Bulking Dummy Journal Page 1 & 2

When a book is in development, a sample is made so the designers can get a feel for the book. Some have writing and some are printed covers with the inside blank. And there was a giveaway (now closed) at the Craftside blog and I won one of them. How cool is that.

I was so excited when I received this huge package in the mail yesterday, and discovered my Bulking Dummy. I lucked out and got one that was blank. It’s 10″ x 10″ and has hundreds of pages. Did I mention huge? The cover is a blank white vinyl-like substance. I marked a small corner with a Faber-Castell Big Brush to see if I’ll be able to color on it. It smeared, but I think it may set after a while.

There are some challenges to coloring this journal. The paper has a super-smooth high-gloss surface, and all my Micron, Copic & Letraset fine-liners smear even after several hours. The paper is so thick & slick that it doesn’t bleed-thru!  My Letraset Promarkers do much better, but the color actually beads and runs, somewhat like watercolor, at the end of each stroke. The color dries in a few moments, but if I color over it smears again, so I will have to color one layer, and let it set for quite a while. The color is somewhat diluted, so it’s fortunate that the Promarkers have such brilliant color. The completed pages look fantastic! Unfortunately, the pages are too big too scan in, so I have to photograph them. The book is so big and heavy, and doesn’t lay completely flat, so I can’t totally eliminate the curves. But still–this bulking dummy was obviously meant to be some kind of coffee table or reference material and it’s a high-quality make. If I complete this book it is going to be AWESOME!

 If you like giveaways check out the Craftside blog. I don’t post their giveaways too often, since I focus mostly on craft and art-related items but they have all sorts of interesting stuff to give away. You never know what they’ll offer next.

Published by Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

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