First up has been sketchbook creation. Now this isn't your usual blank page sketchbook. This is similar to two I made a few years ago with marks inside made before construction. There is a FIVE part workshop selection on DMTV with step by step instructions for this and other books. It was only 7.5 GBP or $9.33 for all five workshops.
First step was my tiding my workshop which included using soapy water and a putty knife to remove the paint from my work table.
Next I took out 2 large sheets of paper to work on. Note to self: next time use 4 sheets for a fatter sketchbook.
Below is a sheet of transparent overhead projector film for monoprinting
I used Speedball acrylic printing ink for a quick clean up.
I used a pamphlet stitch for each signature, ran a woven trim I bought in Amsterdam through the thread and glued and also wove my hand dyed thread into the sections in between.
I really think it could have been more pleasing with hard covers and coptic stitch but I wanted to do something different. this time.
Now as I go into each page, I can respond to the marks that are already there. I've done this before and I REALLY enjoyed doing it.