The materials used, I feel must be the best you can possibly afford. The main focus was on the quality of the watercolour paper and then the cover fabric, used for binding the journal. The rest , such as bookbinders glue, archival book board, thread etc… , have also to be of very good quality. The finished piece will then reflect the materials used. The main aim was to produce a professionally made sketchbook/Journal with a hand crafted feel.

  • Professional Bookbinders PVA glue, NK-I12
  • Transparent Beeswax
  • 100% Cotton/Linen Thread
  • 100% Cotton Bookbinders Tape 1.5cm, 2.5cm
  • Cotton Head/Footer bands
  • Museum quality archival 2 ply book board
  • 100% Linen Mull

Journal Book Cover

Bottle Green

Dark Blue

Buckram Mondial forms the largest area of the book board. Mondial is highly durable, resistant to friction and abrasion, a material composed of 100% cotton with an acrylic coating and respects the RAL-RG 495, the German quality standard for a library book covers. It is available in the above colours at this moment.


Expression Watercolour

Hahnemuhle Expresssions (100%) Cotton Watercolour paper

300 gsm – cold pressed – surface sized – 100% cotton

Expression Watercolour – the natural-white 100-percent cotton, surfaced sized paper, is suitable for all wet-painting techniques and etching. Expression Watercolour features surface sizing. Colours stand out excellently on the paper and impress with their natural brilliance, thus giving every subject its very own, unique presence. Masking fluids or masking tape can be used and removed residue-free. While wet colours can be easily corrected or taken off.

Expression Watercolour is acid free, light-resistant and features extreme longevity. The surface is eraser resistant due to the surface sizing.

Guarro Acuarela

Guarro Acuarela (60%) Cotton Watercolour Paper

Guarro® Acuarela is a pure white watercolour paper. Manufactured over a cylinder mould, it is durable and of excellent quality. With core and surface sizing, it features a high cotton content (60%). It offers a high absorption capacity and enables excellent colour rendering. Ideal for all wet techniques: watercolour, gouache etc…

Book Spine

Black Calf Leather
Tan Calf Leather

The spine is dressed with Calf leather for added resistance and longevity, which gives the Journal a better design finish. This is hand stitched with waxed cotton to the Buckram and book board which lies underneath. These two leather finishes will receive a upgrade in the coming month with the addition of new colours. This will be announced as a blog post.


At this moment the Travel and the Studio companion are both landscape orientated sketchbooks. However, I can make these Journals in any format and any paper size and weight* or specific paper quality. With half leather or full leather, or standard buckram finish.

*Not greater than 300gsm/140lbs

For any customisation contact me through the contact form, I will try to respond the same day, time differences considered.

N.B. All materials were responsibly sourced.


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