|My new watercolor sketchbook|
Here is my new homemade sketchbook. It is made with Fabriano 140 lb hot press watercolor paper. I cut the sheets into 9" × 9" squares, put my watercolor paintings as covers, had them bound at Staples. I am now ready to go for splashing with watercolors!
I use 300 lb paper for my "serious" watercolor paintings. Having paid top dollar for the paper, I tend to get cautious and play safe when I paint on it, whereas when I work in a sketchbook, I become experimental, loose, and playful. So I decided to make a "serious" sketchbook with 140 lb paper so that I play around in it. If something turns out great, I can tear the sheet off the binding, mat the painting and sell it. Am I not ingenious, or what?