I’d forgotten that I never posted about this. A few people asked me about my custom sketchbook yesterday at the sketch crawl. I saw this at the Portland Urban Sketching workshop last month. Eric, a workshop participant from Arizona, had made a sketchbook in this way. I asked him about it and he explained how he did it. This photo of him doesn’t show him using that sketchbook, though.
His is the Circa system from Levenger. The video here describes it. I put mine together from the Staples Arc system, because I could actually see and handle it before buying. I choose an inexpensive poly cover.
The cleverness of this system is that it functions like a spiral bound sketchbook but the pages can easily be added and removed. This lets met put in good watercolor paper. I’ve torn full sheets of Arches 140 pound to 1/8 sheets. It’s easier than the methods of making one’s own sketchbook I’ve seen elsewhere among Urban Sketchers. These also involve a spiral binding from which the paper must be torn out if removal is desired.
The most expensive part of this is buying the specialized paper punch. Once that’s done, you can make any number of notebooks, even for non-sketching uses!
The reason I wanted to go to Blick Art Supply yesterday was to look for a case like the one CotieGrl (Lynn) had at the Portland workshop.
It is actually a marker pen case. It costs about $10.
Lynn did say she had to cut off a long brush to make it fit. I had to cut several. So if you like the feel of a long handle for your brush, this is not the way to go!