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!


  1. Cheryl Taylor says:

    I always get the blame…but I also get the Chunky Monkey! Or Chunky Bilbo in this case. Wow! I’m SO GASSED!! I promise an Owl will happen.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear friend. I owe you!


  2. This is so wonderful. I have made journals, but never have I done bookbinding! Super duper job!

  3. Is there no end to your amazing talent!? Gardening, water color painting, writing and now book binding and when I first met you knitting was your main creative talent . Now it has blossomed in all directions!

  4. Mamallama says:

    I agree with Bonnie above.
    And you never cease to amaze me!
    Brilliant job!

  5. nothing better than some beautiful watercolor paper in leather. very wonderful. looks great!

  6. ermabclone says:

    Love it!

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