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Old 06-03-2010, 07:09 PM
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All purpose wet media sketchbook

During the time that I had the urge to learn book making, among the couple of books I practiced binding is one that uses some cheap watercolor paper that was sitting around. The pages measure 4.5 x 6 inches but the sketches will be approximately 3 x 4 inches.It will be used for a general all purpose wet media sketchbook (watercolor, acrylics, gouache, and oil), however, don't know how often it will be updated but I will try to keep it going.

EDIT: I printed a watercolor sketch I did months ago and glued it onto the cover of the book, it serves 2 purposes: 1. lets me know it is the front cover and 2. makes it easier on the eyes



and this is the original sketch



This is the first page is a view from my window on the third floor using watercolor which is still a complete mystery to me, I keep trying to get the colors more opaque. Maybe in time I will learn to embrace its transparent nature



Cotman Sketcher 12 Half-Pan Watercolor Set and a water brush pen (can't recall the brand)
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Re: All purpose wet media sketchbook

Good start in the new book. I, too, have yet to embrace the transparency of watercolours.
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Nice little sketches. Care to tell us exactly how you made the book?

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Great start, WC. I wouldn't have known you weren't used to the transparency from these paintings, both are so light-filled and beautiful.
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Re: All purpose wet media sketchbook

Great start on your journal. I really like your sketches so far. I too don't notice things like transparency and oacity in my watercolours, just whatever effect I am after or achieve at the time

Like the cover, very nice. How did you make the journal? I have thought of doing this but not sure how to go about it.
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Re: All purpose wet media sketchbook

Awesome water in that painting on the cover. The trees in the second picture are great. You can see the sun slanting down through them.

Are you still making books?
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Re: All purpose wet media sketchbook

Landscapes? I remember a time when neither one of us would even try to paint a tree. Now look at us. Great start to the journal. It's a neat idea for a theme too. Catch you later.

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Re: All purpose wet media sketchbook

thanks EP it's hard adjusting to watercolors when being accustomed to opaque mediums such as oil and pastel.

thanks David and jacquip most of the information and how-to that you would need to make your own book can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joi3_...eature=related, there are 4 parts to it but it is pretty simple and straight-forward. However, I use a different method of stitching the signatures together and skip the part where she glue stuff to the spine of the stitched signatures.

thanks Robert believe me, both of them has so many layers of washes, it is anything but transparent

thanks Debby I just made a 4 x 6 sketchbook before logging in and it looks much nicer than the practice ones, it actually resembles a book.

thanks Doug yah but I still try to avoid painting trees or any kind of foliage if I can

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Since I mentioned that I binded a new sketchbook, I'll show it (though I was going to regardless just wasn't sure where) Next one I do make will have better quality paper than the cheap sketch paper I used.

Here it is when closed



and when opened

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Great looking book you made. Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.
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Re: All purpose wet media sketchbook

that looks really professionally bound
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Re: All purpose wet media sketchbook

Wow! That is a great looking book!

I've never heard anyone complain about transparency in watercolor before. LOL Usually the problem is getting it to be transparent enough. You can always add some gouache to places where you need opacity.

I like your two landscapes, especially the cover one. I think a great book like that definitely deserved having a painting for it's cover. Hope to see more of your landscapes soon.
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Re: All purpose wet media sketchbook

Very nice sketchbook. It is great to be able to have a sketchbook with just the paper you like to use in it. I think making your own may be the only way to go.
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Re: All purpose wet media sketchbook

thanks jacquip it's actually quite easy to bind your own book, but most likely the pages won't be lined up as good as the commercial ones but it's cheaper to make and can use any type of paper.

thanks viv

thanks michelle oh I'm not complaining about the transparency of watercolor, the problem is that I am so used to painting with oil or pastel, I have the tendency to paint watercolor as if I am painting with oils and I tend to forget to preserve my light areas.

The landscape that is used for the cover was done on Strathmore series 400 watercolor paper which I like better than the paper that is used for the sketchbook. It's more absorbent and the colors doesn't lift when adding another wash layer (that's because I'm too impatient to let it completely dry first)

thanks Deb having the paper you like in it is great but having paper you hate is good too because it is one way to use it up
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Re: All purpose wet media sketchbook

That's a great new sketchbook. It looks professionally bound and so tempting. Well done!
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Re: All purpose wet media sketchbook

thanks Robert I was surprised that bookbinding was easier than I had expected. The hardest part is getting the measurement and placement of the covers correct which I did not get right .. you should give it a try, it doesn't take long to make one though waiting for the glue to dry seems to take forever
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