Sketchbook Making and other fun stuff!

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When I have no motivation to draw there's only one thing I can do... Sketchbook binding!
It feels really great to be able to make your own sketchbook out of scrap, and I make a lot of them :kar_jigen:
I will post pictures and tutorials about them in this thread, Hope it'll help some of you :loop_lup:

Here are gifs of some small homemade sketchbooks I finished a while ago, as a mise-en-bouche ~

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Okay so as promised, here are some pictures and exemples of Sketchbooks/notebooks I made,
the different binding techniques and some details!

I'll also make a coptic binding inspired Sketchbook during the day and take pictures of the process so I can post a tutorial soon! :D

First of all we got a Sketchbook and a Notebook made with the Japanese Stab Binding!
I love to use old food wrappings and fun packagings for the covers of the Sketchbooks! Makes for fun and recycled designs!
The first one was made with Strawberry Pocky Sticks that @Tsushi sent me!
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It's one of my favorite designs honestly hehe
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Next we have Sketchbooks made with a technique close to the Coptic Binding one!
This binding technique is more time consuming, but makes for nice and easy to use sketchbooks!
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The next one is made with recycled stuff only! Old mochi box for the cover, and homemade recycled paper for the pages!
I might post a tutorial to make recycled paper at some point, if anyone's interested :D
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And Finally we got the easiest ones to make, done with the Saddle Stitch Binding technique!
Made with Smore Grahams Goldfish Crackers @Tsushi also sent me :kar_jigen:
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That's it for today! I'll be back soon with a tutorial :D
Also if you have any questions about sketchbooks or bookbinding don't hesitate!
 

Tsushi

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Your handbound books are a work of art themselves! So fun to get to see your work! A question I have is about needles and thread, how do you punch the holes to thread through and how thick of thread is good to use for stability?
 
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Your handbound books are a work of art themselves! So fun to get to see your work! A question I have is about needles and thread, how do you punch the holes to thread through and how thick of thread is good to use for stability?
Thank you, that's so nice of you to say 💖:loop_lup:

For the needles, you can use either big sewing needles so they won't break too easily when going through layers of paper, or curved bookbinding needles! And for the thread I personally use crochet yarn haha! It's not the best thread to use but it still works! You can honestly experiment with any kind of thread that doesn't break easily :kar_jigen: It's recommended to use French Linen Thread tho, but I've never had the chance to test it (it's a bit expensive haha)

For the holes in depends on the technique you're using! for Japanese Stab binding I usually have to use a column drill. (when I'm in a place that got one!) It's easier and gets the job done way faster. But if you don't have one, you can use a Bookbinding Awl (they can get expensive too, but you can find cheeper alternatives! I personally use a big nail haha) and punch each page one by one!

Another technique I use for the holes, usually for the Coptic Binding, is to get your pageblock nice and ready, and directly cut into it with a small saw, just like in the picture below!

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oh wonderful!! i've done some bookbinding but i'd really like to do more
the most recent one, i think this was kettle stitch? and the cover is cereal box cardboard. i genuinely just woke up one day jonesing to make a very small book and thankfully i have that power
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if i'm not taking over your thread too much i can share a few more ^_^
 
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oh wonderful!! i've done some bookbinding but i'd really like to do more
the most recent one, i think this was kettle stitch? and the cover is cereal box cardboard. i genuinely just woke up one day jonesing to make a very small book and thankfully i have that power
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if i'm not taking over your thread too much i can share a few more ^_^
Beautiful! Love the use of cereal box cardboard for the cover :kar_jigen: What kind of thread did you use?
And please feel free to share more! I made this thread to show and teach the bookbinding techniques I know, but also so we can all share what we do and learn from one another ^^
 

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I wanted to try bookbinding for quite a while - I saw people printing out fanfiction and turning them into beautiful books and I wanted to do that. I need to get a printer first though :p
 
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I wanted to try bookbinding for quite a while - I saw people printing out fanfiction and turning them into beautiful books and I wanted to do that. I need to get a printer first though :p
OH YESSSS! I've seen these video too! That seems like an amazing project! I would absolutely love to get my favorite Luzeni zines printed hehehe
 

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OH YESSSS! I've seen these video too! That seems like an amazing project! I would absolutely love to get my favorite Luzeni zines printed hehehe
RIGHT? And them give them really pretty covers and stick them on your shelf! I really, REALLY want to do that!
 
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this is all so cool! I always wanted to take a class for book binding, but the class always filled up and was only available in the spring at my Uni.
 
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