Monday, 5 August 2013

Monday 5th August 2013 - Handmade sketchbooks

So that today wasn't a total waste of productivity, and because it was something I've been meaning to do for a while now, I made myself another sketchbook.

Something I do, and I'm not sure, but I can imagine a lot of other people do too, is when a sketchbook is, say, three quarters full, and I purchase a new one, I immediately start to use the new one. This means, that over the past 4 years or so, there's so much blank paper, stored in the back of three quarter full sketchbooks, that I joked I could make a fair few brand new ones.

Then I stopped, thought, and asked myself; "why not?".

Ripping out all the blank pages, I collected myself a fair sized wedge of cartridge paper (of various thicknesses), some watercolour paper, some random off brand stuff, and paper so old and so bad even I didn't want to use it.

There was nothing fancy here, just a very simple (but I think quite nice looking) Japanese binding stitch (anyone feel free to correct me, I believe that's the name of this form of binding) to attach the 'covers' (old pieces of card) to the filling.

It was all super simple kit - my homemade etching tool (a metal clay tool I found and put on a grinder to sharpen up) to poke the holes on the spine, some binding thread, which I bought for 50p off of eBay about 3 years ago, and a cutting mat to protect my desk.

And that's it. I now have a sketchbook, where before there was no sketchbook, it cost me no paper, as it was all sourced from full/disused sketchbooks, and yeah! It's not a nice, clean, clinical sketchbook, it's rough around the edges, and I have no fear about "damaging" or "ruining" the paper.

And finally my cat. Who was perturbed by the whole thing.

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