I’ve been making sketchbooks, or what I call workbooks, from leftover papers I’ve had sitting around for years. I’m not very good at coptic binding, but I like how this binding method allows the book to lay flat when open. There is room for improvement in my technique!
I’ve started to play with paint in the first one with the painted cover. The cover is heavy watercolor paper that I happened to have some leftover scraps. It’s about 8×12 inches. That’s as big as I like to go with journals. It has about 64 pages, counting both sides. I’m calling it “Abstractions” because I am just playing around with color and shapes. I don’t like to use more than about 64 pages per book – I seem to get overwhelmed artwise when there too many blank pages! That’s why its nice to make your own, you can choose size, paper, etc.
This is the one in the middle – about 6 x 10 inches. I used brown paper called “bogus rough” and gray tone paper. It has about 64 pages counting both sides of each page. The cover is 140# watercolor paper, which I will paint when I decide what I’ll use the journal for.
This is the one on the right. Its tall and narrow – due to leftover paper sizes. You can see how nice and flat they stay open! It has a cover made from the back of a used purchased sketch pad.
Here’s what’s happening inside the first book. I’m using acrylics on gesso coated brown pages.
I wish acrylics were’nt so shiny, but they’re great for journals because they dry fast. Sometimes the pages do stick together a little bit. But for now, I’m just painting!