I’ve posted before about the benefits of making your own books, but I think those reasons are only magnified when making a sketchbook. Because technically, I could journal on anything (a significant other’s tummy, perhaps?)– but when I’m making art, the materials really do matter. Making my own sketchbook means that I can include really nice art papers, watercolor paper, a simple but sturdy cover material, just right page size…
Thus, my summer sketchbook. I bought a stack of large sheets of various art papers: hot and cold press watercolor, two-, three-, and four-ply bristol, and some papers I had never even used before. I also made sure to get different colors– cream, grey, off-white, and bright-white, for a variety. I used red wax thread and a coptic stitch to bind. The cover is mat board, reinforced on one side with duct tape. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll decorate the cover, but the stickers that are on there are extra “birds” labels from a project at the environmental center where I work. The paper dimensions are 11″x11″, which is larger than a normal piece of printer paper, but not too large to carry in my shoulder bag.
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Here’s what I’ve been drawing in the hot sticky Virginia weather:
I want to be a children’s book illustrator! Done in pastel and watercolor
This one made me want to draw a graphic novel. Done in pen and ink