Wednesday, 9 July 2008


Here is the front cover of my wonderful sketchbook created by Karen Jinks of Cambridgeshire. I selected the cover fabric via her website link she sent me by email . I was also able to choose the type of watercolour paper I wanted and size. As you can see I chose pink butterflies, as this book is going to be used for botanical studies of a selection of the flowers in my garden throughout the growing season.
This is the clever binding called coptic stitch and it binds groups of 7 x 7 inches Sanders Waterford HP 300 lb watercolour creating 36 pages in all making a lovely chunky personalized sketchbook.
Just to show you the inside back cover and how very very professional the workmanship is. Lain on top for the photo is her business card and you can contact her via her website or by email
By the way the whole job including postage (which the stamps show was nearly £3) and the lovely packaging came to £15. Its a joy to look at and going to be a challenge to even put my first mark!!!


Kala said...

So glad you like it! Hope you are going to post your paintings as you go, love to see how my books are used :D

K xx

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Dont know when I can start my flower paintings, Karen, as I have a commission to finish. Its a pity as I spent a few hours tidying today and cant believe how many wonderful flowers are fully out in both the front and back gardens. It is all so colourful at present.Will certainly post them as and when painted in your lovely book.

Anita Davies said...

Oooooh, you got one!

Aren't Karen's books just the best, so professional and simply gorgeous.
Of course, now I've seen the square format we talked about, I'm gonna' have to get one myself.

It can only get more beautiful once you start adding those florals to it Joannie.

RHCarpenter said...

Oh, this is so lovely and so well made, it will be hard to make that first mark in it. I might just have to check out that site, too - one can never have too many watercolor sketchbooks - especially when they are one-of-a-kind gorgeous like this one.

Anita Davies said...

I have nominated you for an award on my blog. If you don't want to participate, that is fine too!

Robyn said...

Beautiful book. It's such a challenge keeping up with everything flowering in the garden, Joan. I've well and truly fallen by the wayside. We won't let you do that though because your botanical paintings are always special and we'll just keep turning up demanding more ;)

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thanks Anita re the AWARD - I want to participate but have to play to make all these links trying to remember your instructions of long ago.
Thanks Robyn for your flattering words. I'll try not to let you down.