Handmade Books

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I’ve recently learned how to make handmade sketchbooks/journals and have been practising. It’s quite straightforward, but fiddly and time-consuming cutting the paper, sewing it all together, then cutting bookcloth to cover the spine, but rewarding to make something. I think they look good with a print on the cover and back from my drawer of proofs. Now I need to see if anyone wants to buy one.

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Drawing to print

I’ve turned another drawing into a print, this time I’m more pleased with the result, which is a bit of a colourfest for me.

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I started with the drawing above and did four layers of colour, each a blended roll from light to darker at the front.

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I also tried to use cooler colours blues and purples in the distance and warmer yellows, oranges and browns in the foreground. I’ve missed the second step out. The third is below.

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And here is the fourth and last.

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It’s a bit odd-looking, and I’m not so happy with the blobby cutting in the trees, but overall I’m enjoying the oddness.