Monday, March 15, 2010

Pencil Sketchbook

Journaling:

Spent the weekend daydreaming about a sketchbook just for pencil. Looked locally but no hardbound sketchbooks at all. Don't want a wirebound. Looked on-line but that was just confusing. I need to *touch* the paper, not read about it. I have writing journal with nice slick paper but it has lines and I don't want to contend with the lines. I even considered taking a stack of printer paper and having it bound but I don't like comb bindings.

Decided I would just make me one. It didn't need to have a bunch of pages because I figure I'm not going to do a lot of pencil drawings. I'm sure this is just a phase I'm going through because of drawing class. When it ends so will my fascination for All Things Pencil.

I really wanted an 8.5" x 11" or a 9" x 12", but I don't have the paper for that. I'd have to settle for 5.5" x 8.5". Dug out some dingy green paper I've not found a use for that came in a pack of scrapbooking paper. Used eleven sheets plus a piece of white cardstock for the cover. Mashed all that together in a single signature and sewed it together with minty dental floss. Covered it with the eggplant paper and added the kicky blocks as endpapers. Viola! A sketchbook.


It will be kinda odd to have faces on green paper but such is life. If I post any of the drawings on the Internet I'll scan them as grayscale and the background will be some shade of gray. I have enough of the green paper to make five more sketchbooks. I could call them The Green Paper Chronicles. That would be cool.

Afterthought: Realized after searching for and making a sketchbook with slick paper that drawing paper for pencil probably needs some tooth to keep the media on the page. Probably prevents it from smearing as much too. Oh well.

4 comments:

l.a.r.k. said...

Oh what fun! :) You can always spray the slick paper with a fixative to save your drawings when you are done.

Speck said...

No fixative available locally, I'd have to order it on-line and wait a week. :( For the time being I'll just use hairspray. It's probably not the best thing, but it's better than a smeared drawing.

I love making these little sketchbooks. There's such a sense of accomplishment when a book appears from a pile of paper, glue and dental floss.

I never get around to using them though. LOL!

freebird said...

I've heard the hairspray works quite well. Wonder what it does to hair after a while!

Nice sketchbook. Nothing wrong with using green paper. I like "The Green Paper Chronicles". Fun, fun and that's what it should be.

Speck said...

Freebird - The green paper might influence me to start drawing zombies so the green tint would make sense in the drawing. LOL! Oh yeah, zombies. Just what I need to draw!