The Art of a Sketchbook
Watercolor journal-sketchbook cover, ©2012 Nancy Van Blaricom
Although technically I think this is a more a journal than a sketchbook I'm sharing it with you so that you can see another way you can sketch. Watercolor sketching. I cut down 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper to a size of about 7" x 7 1/2 ", the half inch was to allow for the binding, then cut down some matt board the same size for front and back covers, then had Kinko's bind it into my own journal / sketchbook.
I had three of them made. 2 this size and one 11" x 14". In the photo above, in this journal I took a copy of a picture of me when I was little and glued it to the front. Just an easy way for me to identify which book was which.
Watercolor journal-sketchbook picture 2, ©2012 Nancy Van Blaricom
Because the paper is heavy there is no bleed through and I can watercolor
and write on both the front and back of each page.
Watercolor journal-sketchbook picture 3, ©2012 Nancy Van Blaricom
I'm not really picky as to what I choose to put in my books. It can be anything that may be
going on at the time. Sometimes months go by before I pick it up to enter something in it.
Watercolor journal-sketchbook picture 4, ©2012 Nancy Van Blaricom
I sometimes will take it boating or camping with us.
Watercolor journal-sketchbook picture 5, ©2012 Nancy Van Blaricom
Its just a nice thing to have if I get in the creative mood without having to bring too many supplies.
Until next time, keep on sketching ...