Cant find a sketchbook with the right paper. Make your own?

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An Amazing gift from Magikelly!

Post by Russ » Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:42 pm

I got a surprise in the mail from Magikelly today. Well, it was a surprise when I first heard it was in the works, then we corresponded as the work progressed.
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This amazing leather cover fits a softcover Large Moleskine (which he also supplied), which I can use for journaling, since I tend to stay with one type of book for journaling rather than switch back and forth as I've been doing with sketchbooks. And I tend to write about sketching more than actually sketch on some days.

Since this cover will outlive me, I asked him to use my last name only, so it can get some future use as a family treasure.

A million thanks, John! And I owe you big time!

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Re: Cant find a sketchbook with the right paper. Make your o

Post by Andre Jute » Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:07 pm

Very nice indeed. A leather cover makes every book a pleasure to handle, and an inducement to pick up a journal or a sketchbook every day.
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Re: Cant find a sketchbook with the right paper. Make your o

Post by Alitogata » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:22 pm

Wow!! :shock: :shock: John you definitely have it with these leather covers. :)
Bravo!!

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Re: Cant find a sketchbook with the right paper. Make your o

Post by MagiKelly » Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:56 pm

Thanks. I'm just glad Russ likes it.

Andre it right there is something very tactile about a leather cover that makes you want to hold and use it.

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Re: Cant find a sketchbook with the right paper. Make your own?

Post by gunterkoenigsmann » Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:08 am

If good sketchbooks are to expensive I just glue a heap of paper together on one side using the standard white glue for wood (you can use the express version of this glue, if you want, but not the waterproof one as this one will get brittle within a few years). ...and for the cover I glue a piece of jeans to two cardboards and hinder them from forming an "U" whilst drying.

The only problem is that you never know in advance how fhick a heap of paper will fit into your cover.
Do it. Now.

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Re: Cant find a sketchbook with the right paper. Make your own?

Post by lena.brown » Sat May 11, 2019 1:54 pm

This is amazing work MagiKelly :D

Just read your tutorial too - very inspiring.

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Re: Cant find a sketchbook with the right paper. Make your own?

Post by MagiKelly » Sun May 12, 2019 5:55 pm

Thanks. I’ve started doing them with disc binding so I can mix and match paper depending on what I want. Below is a recent example I did for a friend studying history.
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Re: Cant find a sketchbook with the right paper. Make your own?

Post by mdmattin » Sun May 12, 2019 10:49 pm

Hi Lena, welcome to the Forum! And welcome back, MagiKelly!

Lena, are you a sketcher as well as a sketchbook connoisseur? If so we'd love to see them. In any case please continue to post on sketchbooks and related topics.

MagiKelly, that is a beautiful book. Does the caduceus have a special meaning related to History (besides being an ancient historical symbol itself?)
I was curious and looked it up, and was surprised to learn that it is not actually a symbol of medicine, although often incorrectly used as such. The medical symbol is the Rod of Asclepius (one snake, no wings).

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Re: Cant find a sketchbook with the right paper. Make your own?

Post by MagiKelly » Mon May 13, 2019 2:19 pm

The book was for my wife’s god daughter. She is studying classic history so we were looking for some symbolism around Greek or Roman gods. We spotted this one, which I think is the Rod of Caduceus and my wife settled on that. She originally wanted something with a clarinet but we couldn’t find a design that I could recreate in leather.

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