The topic of sketchbooks has come up in conversation several times recently and thought I'd show my efforts to create something a bit larger than the moleskins that are so popular (I have three) and also use up some good print paper that's been stored for years.
This is the first sketchbook I made to take to France several years ago. The cover is made from medium weight w/c paper which has been painted and distressed with acrylic paints to resemble leather and give it a bit of protection. It's bound with jute cord.
The web is loaded with examples of artfully crafted handmade books, including instructions, and I'm in awe of all that can be done in that direction, but my purpose is simply to use up this large supply of paper in an efficient manner that also might offer a bit of inspiration without inhibiting my need to make marks without concern for making art.
So the "books" I'm making now are simply means of binding a few pages together, handy to keep with my gear without bulk or weight. And fit on my tripod drawing board perfectly (see earlier post.) The paper is heavy enough to take a bit of color, doesn't have as much sizing as w/c paper but w/c crayon/pencil or ink stick with a bit of water do fine.
I've been going though old sketchbooks and realizing I've really let the sketch habit fade... I love to draw but making myself actually do it is the problem. Wonder why that is...