back in October from a friend and fellow blogger, Quiltin' Mama. What fun, I thought! I signed up immediately. The sketchbook showed up very timely with instructions that said it's a good idea to make the sketchbook sturdy as it will be looked at often. The sketchbook also contains the same type of paper that's in my only Moleskine journal that I really don't care for.... very thin and see through.
So, these are my excuses for not starting this project sooner... How to fortify the cover and shore up the thin weight of the paper pages, and I'm sticking to them :)
Given that I live in the lowcountry of SC and alligators love it here, and pink is the color used to celebrate breast cancer awareness, survivors and those that have passed ..... Well, what better material to use than faux pink alligator vinyl?? I'm multi-purposing an Estee Lauder zipper tote that would have otherwise gone into the trash.
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I finished making the cover but have not attached it to the sketchbook. I was about to, got delayed, and am so grateful for the delay as I realized the book pages will be much easier to scan.
I decided sewing a few pages together would make them sturdier. There are two benefits to this. Thicker pages and...... less pages to fill :) Good thing too, as I've just under 2 weeks to get it finished and postmarked by January 15th! Nothing like a deadline :)
I love the design the zig-zag stitches made on the edges of the pages.
Outside of the cover and end pages, I now have 12 spreads to fill.
Another reason I'm happy I sewed the pages is that the back half of the book has perforated sheets! It made for a bit of a challenge when sewing, as the pages started to tear out. I ended up using clear archival tape to secure the pages in the book. Okay.... ready to start filling this baby!
The theme is 'Down Your Street' - which I decided meant my street. I thought it would be fun to share the sights I see on my daily dog walks. Here's the start....
The thin paper has a slick finish that, to me, is difficult to use watercolor on. I do love how my Micron pen glides across the surface, though.
Given that I've waited until the last minute to complete this project, I made the executive decision to live dangerously free and sketch with the Micron pen. No time for careful planning.... just have at it!
That decision helped me choose the type of calligraphic marks to use for titles, etc.. By the by, I didn't plan for my maiden name to have such a downward twist - that's compliments of writing with pen and running out of room :) See what fun you can have when your marks are committed? I don't know if I could have thought of making my name so fun if I tried to design it this way. Serendipity! Love that word!
Eleven more spreads to go........ See ya!