Finishing up the Sketchbook – the Cover
In my last post about sketchbook making, all that was left to do was the cover. To see all four of these posts together, you can click on the ‘bookbinding’ category in the sidebar.
We began with the spine, which had been covered with a layer of mesh. This was sanded down and then further reinforced with cardboard which had been cut exactly to size (Dominique is something of a perfectionist).
The cover itself is constructed of heavy cardboard, cut to size:
We sanded down the inside edges that correspond to the area attached to the spine, after having measured it with calipers. This guarantees a seamless transition.
This is how the cover looks when assembled :
I had chosen a brown “Tibetan” paper for the spine and corners, which we cut using a paper pattern taken from the corner.
We used those same corner patterns to cut the blue paper for the main part of the coverto the perfect shape (none of the papers can overlap)
The cardboard is then covered with paste and the blue paper applied :
Once it had dried overnight,, the inside was trimmed :
Next step – attach the inside of the sketchbook to the cover. Remember all those endpapers we attached the watercolor paper to? (See here if you don’t) The last one on either side is pasted to the cover and so is the spine :
This leaves a darker section on the inside cover, and Dominique was worried that it would show through the final inside cover, so we cut and pasted some white paper to fill in the space, after trimming the endpaper.
Then one long piece of white paper is pasted on top of that, making both the inside cover and the first page.
Let it dry,
put it in the press,
And voila! You have a sketchbook.