This is a bit delayed as the weather has now changed for the better, but the last week had been pretty hellish.

It is now “Spring” in Hong Kong, and that means it’s VERY HUMID.

For those who do not live near the equator (I know, Hong Kong isn’t THAT near either), when I say very humid I mean anywhere between 90-97% humidity… that’s enough to make my walls sweat and my windows weep. Stuffed toys placed near the window? Big no no, they just get soggy (even drippy) as they soak up all the condensation that forms on the windows and puddles on the window sill. (I wish I’d taken a photo instead of hurrying to save my not inconsiderable collection of plush animals)

Of course my little fan in the bathroom decides to die at this time and in addition to having fogged up mirrors after a shower, all the towels are still wet the next day. Nothing dries and you can feel the bacteria growing in that room… ugh…

I need to buy a dehumidifying (although electronics stores are sold out on all the good brands… will have to wait till April for new stock).

In the meantime, how does this affect my art journal? A picture is worth a thousand words…

The gesso felt dry when I began writing on top of it, but two days after completing the page, I come back to find that the words are no longer legible. Apparently it wasn’t through-and-through dry…

During the winter, I could dry the pages by hanging them over the heater, but it really is too warm and stuffy during Spring to have the heater on. This makes journaling a very very slow process… Perhaps time to get another journal (and do two simultaneously)?