Random Papers and a Coptic Sketchbook

Here’s something to do with all those papers that aren’t quite frameable art, but way too wonderful to toss away. The paper is Arches velin (text wove). Using watercolor, pencils, china marker and sumi, I’d made quite a collection of paper. Using precut Davey board from John Neal Books (5×7), I covered them using one of the half sheet papers.  The inner signatures are made using the decorated papers, plain Arches text, and black Hahmemule ingres.  Bound with a Coptic stitch using black book thread, I now have a small sketchbook to carry with me. You can find Youtube video  instructions online in several places for the coptic stitch. 


Thanks to Laurie Doctor for sharing her wonderful sketchbooks with us at Cheerio and spurring me to create some of my own. I promise to post some of the pages when I’ve added to them.

2 Replies to “Random Papers and a Coptic Sketchbook”

  1. Thanks Cari – I’ve used art sketchpads for years to take class notes, tip in examples and other random things, but they’ve always been more about the notes than the art. I’m excited to, as you say, get wild and crazy in these. I like the something wonderful that happens when the paper stops being so precious 🙂

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