19 November 2015

a new beginning

I've worked a few pages into a new art journal in the past week but haven't finished some of the sketches yet. Meanwhile, this is the book --- handbound of Fabriano Artistico 140# cold press paper inside (plus a few toned pages of Mi-teintes), covered with handmade papyrus I found at Jerry's Artarama in Austin, the spine made of simple bookcloth I made from cotton fabric.

BTW, that book "bracelet" bookmark looked so beautiful against the papyrus, I decided to use it to hold the book closed in my bag.

And as usual, I began the new book with a palette sketch. Or rather, three palettes since they were all on the table in front of me. The inside facings are leftover Mi-teintes paper; watercolor looks more like gouache on this paper but I only used a bit of white gouache on the palette tins.


  1. I just got a used copy of "handmade books" by Kathy Blake in the mail -- the one someone recently gave you. Nice, simple photos and techniques! But I'm stocked up on sketchbooks for now.

  2. The book came out great. Colors tie together well. Don't you just love the feel of a new journal!

  3. Even better: several new journals lined up, waiting to be used!


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