.....Swarup here with a project that's just perfect for kids and adults alike..sketchbooks!
I believe everyone of us who loves to doodle should have a sketch book...even if we just end up using it to jot down grocery lists...we still need one!
.....but what if we jazz it up a bit and make it artsy , wouldn't you love to get it out and use it more for skecthing and doodling or perhaps carry it around just because it looks beautiful and most importantly beacuse you made it yourself?
Today I will show you how to make some lovely watercolor sketchbooks. The idea is not totally original , since I have seen a lot teachers do these with little kids at school, moms who use their children's artwork to make books and of course we crafters and amateur artists who use our failed paintings which we just cannot get ourselves to trash. I was inspired by Erin's books who was inspired by Nicola's books.lol!
But I thought of revisiting the idea using a different medium - Gelatos.
Here is step by step tutorial to give you all an idea of how easy these are to make. there is not much of a technique here, and I think that is the best part of this project ..anyone can do it and there is no right or wrong to it.
Spray watercolor paper with water and dampen it thoroughly. Rub Gelatos in different color and using a damp brush spread the pigment evenly. TIP: To avoid scribble marks once the paper is dry, use a very light hand when applying the Gelatos and start with a soaking wet paper.
Alternatively, you could scrape the Gelatos into a dish or palette and add water to it and use it like regular watercolors and the above picture shows just that and also how beautifully these colors flow.
Now to turn these lovely sheets of watercolor goodness into a sketchbook, add some sheets of paper and run a stitch down the center of the booklet using a sewing machine or you could punch some holes and thread a yarn or ribbon or the easiest ...just staple them!
The kind of paper would depend on what you want to use the book for, if it is for your kids to simply draw or color using dry media, you could use regular copy paper. For my sample here I have used drawing paper, but if you want to use wet media , then it would be ideal to use 140#watercolor paper.
Also, as you can see in the first photo I have gone ahead and doodled on the cover using black Pitt Artists Pens and colored in the images using watercolor pencils.
I made these books for a friend who is hosting an Easter brunch and an Egg Hunt. She needed some of these books to give the kids so I went ahead and personalised these with egg shaped name tags .
Well!.....so do you like it?
Do let me know , I appreciate all the comments you leave and look forward to seeing your take on this . If you do attempt this, please leave a link , and I would love to drop by and see your version!
Swarup M. I am a self taught watercolorist and a trained textile designer . Over the last 20 years I have learned how to blend them both and bring that into my Papercrafting. I have been scrapbooking and card making for more than a decade now and immensely enjoy creating these mini masterpieces as I like to call them. I consider every card I create to be a miniature piece of art and usually favor a clean and simple style in my card making..and enjoy a bolder look in my Art journals. I enjoy photography and love to travel.
I blog as Sanketi and love sharing my work with others. I have been published in Designed to color magazine , Simply Handmade and Cards Magazines.