I've been involved in the Strathmore Online Artist Workshops which are fabulous for learning techniques at your own pace, for interacting with other artists, and for receiving positive feedback about your work. (You know how a community scope is vital to artists who spend long hours alone creating.) I've been using the wonderful Strathmore Visual Journals..best part of them is they lay flat and they hold collage layers and wet work well. In the middle of it all I started a handmade journal..such fun...not so much fun that it doesn't lay flat to work in. Maybe I put in too many pages?