This journal is, I’m sad to report, one in which the sizing has gone bad. It’s an issue with watercolor paper. Maybe that’s why I love my other big, scrapbook journal so (it’s lower grade paper, less than 140 lb., with lots of tooth and great for watercolor “play” and experimenting, the one I use a lot); I never have to worry about issues like the sizing going bad in it, it’s inexpensive, and plentiful.
The problems encountered with watercolor paper gone bad Barry Comer started talking about in one of his blog posts. You try to paint on the paper and the paint goes all wonky on you. I did some investigating and found out that the sizing can go bad on watercolor paper, particularly if you buy it on sale – but it can go bad on paper you already own. You can read all about this issue in this great article.