New sketchbook method

Now that I have so many sheets of Strathmore Series 500 Mixed Media paper, it’s time to make sketchbooks.  I just finished making a second leather bound one for Fort Nisqually’s shop.  While making it, I had the thought to use the same technique but with a heavy cardstock cover.

That is what I did today.  I bound a signature in which I’d already painted and added 3 more of the Strathmore paper.  The cover stock came from Artists and Craftsmen Supply in Seattle’s University district.  It is Daler-Rowney Canford Card Canford Imperial.  It’s at least 140 pounds.

The end paper is one of the new ones now available at Daniel Smith, Seattle.  They have converted a main floor office to a new room for papers.  It has wildflowers in it!

Folded closed.  I made it with the overlapping cover, just as the leather ones are.  I added an elastic band, threaded through the center of the spine, as I did with my faux-dori.

The long stitch.

Thanks to Janice Berkebile at Daniel Smith, Seattle, for the original instruction in her bookbinding workshops!

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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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5 Responses to New sketchbook method

  1. I once made handmade paper with dried flowers in it like that. Very nice sketchbook – love it!

  2. nice sketchbook MK. it’s fun to make handmade / handcrafted paper, my husband and i love it. ;D

  3. miatagrrl says:

    Looks great! Will the cardstock cover hold up to carrying around in your bag for a while? Couldn’t you have also waited until you had several signatures filled and then bind them afterwards (like I do)? Or your intention was to make a book you could carry?

    – Tina

    • redharparts says:

      Thanks. It’s a heavy cardstock, so I hope it will hold up. I’ll have to see. There are only 4 signatures. I tried carrying just a signature, but I didn’t like it. I like to have a few sketches to show people who stop to talk.

  4. joantav says:

    I like the cover with the overlapping flap. Great way to protect what treasures are inside.

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