In Japan the Hand Can Be Used Like a Knife

Being that my inexpensive but beloved Sketchbook from Heaven will soon be exhausted, I needed to find a replacement. A small, landscape sketchpad roughly the same size was proving impossible to find. The only solution was to make my own!

I went to a local art supply shop and bought a 9 inch by 12 inch sketchbook that has some nice paper capable of taking both wet and dry media. I’ve used this paper before and was pleased with how it took both pencil and ink. I got a pair of wire cutters and snipped away a few loops of the wire binding and then proceeded to a local printer who has a large cutter.


Where once there was one, there are now two! Two sketchbooks in a cinematic format. Hopefully they will be worthy successors to the now unicorn-like Sketchbook from Heaven. The paper in the new sketchbooks should take media better than the my current, soon-to-be finished favorite. Time will tell. Stay tuned!

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6 Responses to In Japan the Hand Can Be Used Like a Knife

  1. Bravo Joe!

  2. Joe_Williams says:

    Thank you!

  3. Paul Zdepski says:

    clever – Nice solution. I’m curious if that would work on perfect bound as well as signature bound. I had to buy an 11 x 14 strathmore hardbound last trip to my supply store. Yes, the paper is great, but no – the size is to big for my scanner’s glass. A snip down the middle, to seven by eleven would be perfect.

  4. Joe_Williams says:

    I think a pad with a gummed binding would be fine and easier to cut. Allowances had to be made for the wire binding. I think a hardbound book would unravel.

  5. Old NFO says:

    Nice ‘fix’ to get to what you needed!

  6. Joe_Williams says:


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