Archives for July 16, 2020

Something Different

So C. the instigator struck again.

She ran across something in her internet travels and developed a powerful desire for it.

A miniature watercolor sketchbook:

However the shipping was quite prohibitive from the Philippines.

I took a good look at it and thought… ‘I think I could make that.’

Because I love her like chocolate, and I also love a good challenge, I proceeded to gather some bookmaking supplies and a stock of watercolor paper and set to.

Here are the folded signatures:

These were all torn from two sheets of 30 by 22 inch Arches watercolor paper.

Here they are ready to sew:

30 pages! I sewed each signature together with thread and made a bundle which is glued with some open weave bookbinding fabric:

Then I glued this block of papers onto a piece of scrap leather that I had on hand and pressed the whole thing using my high end book press: 🙂

This is the result:

In the journal making community, this is called a ‘chunky monkey’

And it truly is…

I cannot wait to see what she will paint in it. I’m sure at some point there will be something in there having to do with an owl. 🙂

Use it in good health C. And it was an honor to fulfill one of your desires!