A while back I bought this lovely handmade book. It has the look of an old book with handmade paper pages. The cover had me immediately think of ink sketches, particularly olf etch-like drawings…statues, architecture…all things I love to sketch. I’ve started doing some statues in it…the paper isn’t very forgiving and not ideal for sketching and it doesn’t take watercolour at all, but maybe it only adds to the “ancient” look that I’m after. In any case this book is not about art, but about a look – I am looking forward to see it one day when it is done, filled with ink drawings, thick and used! by then, it might be REALLY old…

I use only ink and a pen with nibs and afterwards I wash gently with a little ink and water to just add a shadow and a stain here and there. The book is 11.5 x 17cm and I found it at Les milles feuilles in Paris.

…an old touch…

…statue 1-St sulpice…

…statue 2-…

…statue 3- chateau de vincennes…

…statue 4-chateau de vincennes…

16 thoughts on “sketches in an old book

  1. Oh, this is fabulous, Ronell! I love that book. And did your gold hands come with it, to open it, or is that your addition? They’re wonderful. It’s going to be such a pleasure going through that beautiful book once you’ve finished. What a treasure.

  2. Very interesting idea about making the book look a certain way. And you are being very successful at it 🙂

  3. Ah, Ronell…As Sue says, this wonderful book, already with
    an antique feel to it, will be such a pleasure to own and to enjoy when you have finished your work in it. The way you have treated your pages and sketches just fit the old world

  4. What a precious book!!!!! How I do understand you!!! … but tell me, there’s something I don’t quite grasp… Is there nothing written on the pages? how come they are blank?

  5. Cool! Love the book and the sketches. It’s inspiring. I have some blank books with paper that I love but which is not good at all for ink, let alone wash! You’re doing a great job with the unforgiving paper.

  6. I love the patina of the book ~ very old world and perfect for sketches of statues and all things antique. You have done an amazing job working on this paper!

  7. That sketchbook looks like it has such character!!! I think you pen sketches with just a touch of wash will be perfect for this. They look like they are capturing a bit of ancient worlds!!

  8. Thank you everybody!
    Cathy and Napabelle – it is not really an old book, but a repro with blank hand made pages. I guess it is for a journal sort of, but I chose to draw in it. but it is such a nice book, it even has the smell of old paper. I love it!

  9. Beautiful book Ronell! it will be fun to see your sketches as part of this wonderful book –they look intriguing — interesting how the smell of a book can make it even more attractive!

  10. Hi Ronell, I visited Sedgefield and found that elephant dung paper from the Knysna bush is no longer a joke but a serious industry. It can be painted on, ink sketched or printed or used to mount photos on.

    Of course some very enterprising people are making very lovely handmade sketch books and they were seen in the local Craft Market.

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