To meet the goal to paint everyday for fun, relaxation and to improve painting skills as well, the plan is to have a portable kit that world enable me to paint stealthily almost anywhere without getting noticed. I also wanted a sketchbook journal that is not too expensive, sustainable, and customized to my personal preference. So I made my own. It took me a while to assemble the kit and gather the materials.
|A 12" x 18" watercolor pad cut into 4.5"x 12" then folded into signatures and later stitched|
together using Coptic binding
|Cow leather for the exterior and pig's skin for the lining|
|Leather pieces for the exterior and sleeves|
|The finished watercolor kit. I bought the box for Php 75.00 from Muji, added .4mm polystyrene sheet used in plastic modeling. The watercolor tubes were about 15 yrs old used during my university days|
After cutting the leather I realized that I lack the tools to properly do it. Not wanting to lose the enthusiasm since I'm very eager to start, I settled for a Midori style cover which I think is more practical at the moment.
|Size comparison between the custom journal and a pocket-sized moleskine watercolour notebook.|