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3rd Installment on Sketchbook

December 11, 2007

This is a continuation of yesterday’s post. Today we took the pages off the book sewing rack and it looked like this

My next job was to pate all the little endpapers together to neaten things up

So it went from this to this:

Dominique gave the book a good tap on the table and added paste over the back (to try to even it out – my sewing wasn’t perfect unfortunately)

After tapping the back with a hammer to flatten it, and checking to make sure it was square one more time, we weighted it and let it dry for about 10 minutes whilewe cut the cardboard for the cover – first a rough cut with the large paper cutter, and then a more precise cut with the smaller one :

The next step was to glue some mesh over the back, add a little piece of trim on either end, and then glue pieces of light cardboard to reinforce the strength, since a sketcbook’s binding takes a lot of beating.

Some final trimming :

And here’s the sketchbook so far :

Next step will be cpvering the cardboard and finishing up. Here are the papers I’ve chosen  (I tried to match paint colors I use a lot)

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2007 3:38 pm

    What a great set of posts, Casey— very instructive. Dominique seems like a very patient and good teacher.

  2. December 12, 2007 4:09 pm

    Oh what a wonderful book this is. It looks like it is a fun project – and so useful. I love reading about your experience. Thanks

  3. December 13, 2007 2:56 am

    What alot of work goes into making this sketchbook. great photo’s

  4. December 13, 2007 8:06 am

    I’m beginning to understand why these handmade books are so expensive! Yours is going to be a thing of beauty. I’d be too inhibited to paint in it! Lovely of you to share your lessons, Casey.

  5. December 14, 2007 10:50 pm

    absolutely fascinating Casey !!
    I admire your patience……and attention to detail…

  6. December 15, 2007 3:39 am

    Very, very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sarah permalink
    December 15, 2007 9:58 am

    It’s coming on isn’t it? It’s going to llok (and be) great! Do you remember when, as a result of the impact of computerst, people were talking about the death of the book? Of course they were talking about printed books, but even so it seems like handmade journal and sketchbooks which people then turn into their own books, and artists books are becoming more and more popular – and if anything computers are fuelling this because we can all connect and share our different books…

  8. Sarah permalink
    December 21, 2007 10:48 am

    Blue and brown – two of my favourites!

  9. Paris Parfait permalink
    December 22, 2007 9:17 pm

    I had no idea so much work was required! You’ve done a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing the instructions.

  10. December 28, 2007 10:02 am

    Casey – what a wonderful set of posts and all those photos! I’m going to link to these in my first “who’s made a mark this week” of the New Year which will be posted on my blog on 6th January. You may get a few visitors as a result!


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