New Sketchbooks & an idea

My special order came in at Aaron Brothers.  They carry the Strathmore watercolor Visual Journals in larger sizes.  I wanted the tiny 3.5×5 inch size, which they special ordered as it was in their catalog.  I picked them up today.  I got them as an alternative to the pocket Moleskine.  They are spiral bound, hard cover and heavier paper.  I got them for my small sketch kit, which is where the pocket Moleskine travels.

On an impulse,  I pulled out some watercolor paper from a pad and cut 2 pieces of mat board.  The idea is Richard’s and this sketch details the tutorial.  I forgot to add the cloth tape.  I took this to Staples and they spiral bound it for me.  So I have a custom sketchbook.  This lets me use any paper I want in a book.  The mat board is stiff enough that it’s like a hard cover sketchbook.  The staffer in that section wasn’t sure the machine would punch through the board but it did.  The only option was the smaller spirals, though.

I didn’t put very many pages in my custom book.

I may also give the spiral bound Beta Stillman & Birn another chance.  The pages are still a bit warped, but if they need to be matted, that can be fixed.   I prefer the 6×8 inch size (see the following).

After the possibility of entering sketches in a show, I want to both have them easily removable from the book and fit a standard matt size.  My custom one, the mid-sized Visual Journal and the S&B Beta work for a 5×7 sketch.  I’m marking out the boundaries of the mat size on the paper before I start.  If I put the mark high on the page, it gives me a little over an inch at the bottom to write comments, journal style and add my maker’s mark.  But if I want to matt the sketch, those won’t show.   Best of both worlds….. uncharacteristically “keeping my options open” (that’s a “P” trait in the Myers-Briggs and I am usually very “J”).

I took my sketching backpack with me when I went to pick up the special order.  My intent was to sketch the exterior of one unusual antique stores in Renton.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t a convenient parking space near it.  I had planned to shelter from the cold in the car.  I drove around a couple times and then just went home.  I might try on a Monday, when they are all closed and maybe there will be parking.  The afternoon is best as the sun is shining on it then.

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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1 Response to New Sketchbooks & an idea

  1. miatagrrl says:

    Good solution you came up with that allows you flexibility (even the strong J in me appreciates that!).

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