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This is a VERY large one-of-a-kind, pamphlet-stitch portfolio-style sketchbook (the inspiration was 19th Century artists' portfolios).

Made from watercolour papers throughout, it is flexible (soft-backed) and will lay totally flat for you to work in.


The cover is Bockingford - a heavyweight watercolour paper. I've made it detatchable: it folds over, library-style, exposing the paste paper detail of the inner covers.

The fine-woven black grosgrain tapes thread in and out of the cover, through the stitching on the spine (hidden inside the outer cover) and tie off in extravagant bows.

The cross-stitch effect on the corners of the inside cover is a dimensional paint, so that the cover can be completely removed (just unfold it) without damage, allowing for further customisation if you wish.

The titling: My Sketch Book, is stamped and embossed, heavily distressed on cardstock and attached in three separate sections to the outer cover by tiny brads. These are detachable.

The pamphlet stitching is sturdy waxed Irish Linen thread.

I've used best quality watercolour papers which are heavyweight, archival and will take any amount of wet media, collage, sanding, stencilling, spraying... whatever you want to create!


The inner front and back covers are a handpainted paste paper effect, using acrylic inks. I paddled with my gloved fingers to create an abstract pattern in two shades of blue, leaving a flexible finish, looking a little like leather, which is also slightly dimensional.


Cover: Bockingford
Pages: Saunders Waterford hand-poured, with a natural deckle edge


11.5 inches x 15 inches (29cm x 38cm)
8 pages (16 sides) all ready for your artwork
11 inches x 14.75 inches (28cm x 37.75cm)

Opened flat, you have a huge surface of 22 inches x 14.75inches (56cm x 37.75cm) to work with!

Cover and pages are 'antiqued'. I used walnut ink, coffee and tea for the staining, and walnut ink and coffee crystals to imitate 'foxing'. The pages are very lightly stained, to allow for any journalling or artwork you may wish to do.

This is a very special sketchbook in a portfolio style, just waiting for your artwork!

SPECIAL ORDER for CLAIRE Portfolio-style Sketchbook with Tape Ties


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: watercolour paper, grosgrain tapes, irish linen thread, acrylic ink, dimensional acrylic paint, brass brads, deckle edged paper, handpoured paper
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 83 reviews
  • Favorited by: 14 people