My sketching friend, Tina, has lots of creative ideas for her sketching kit. She ordered a thick leather folio from an Etsy seller. She puts a signature or two of paper in it. She calls it The Stefano This is somewhat less weight and bulk than carrying around a sketchbook. Once she has enough signatures completed, she binds them into a book to hold the sketches on a shelf. Bound books
I’ve been tempted to order the “Tina” folder from Stefano but it’s nearly $100 with shipping from Europe!
In the meantime, I will try this method with a much cheaper sketch folder. If I like it, then I might just get “The Stefano/The Tina”.
This is made from 2 pieces of thick mat board cut to be a bit larger than my folded 140 pound Arches cold press watercolor paper, about 8.5 x 6.6 inches (21 x 16.5 cm). I’ve attached the 2 pieces with contact paper, though I think it would be better done with glued book cloth. This folder is thick enough to offer enough support for drawing, even while standing.
I then used a tightly tied length of beading elastic to hold the paper signature in place. It is threaded through two small holes at top and bottom.
The signature is just 2 pages due to the heavy paper.
Tina has used coptic binding. Since the book doesn’t have to stand up to anything but sitting on a shelf and occasional perusal, I might just use perfect binding.