Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 5:04 PM | Posted by mARTa
Last October I found myself in Florence with my family on a month long vacation in Europe. While in this most inspiring city I met up with fellow blogger and EDMer Robyn from Have Dogs Will Travel I had asked her to take me to two places I most wanted to visit: The old art store and La Farmacia. After a nice lunch we headed to the art store only to find it closed for the day. I was disappointed since it wouldn't re-open till Monday and we were leaving on Sunday! Another time perhaps.
But to help with my disappointment, while on our way to the Farmacia St. Maria Novella, Robyn took me to a wonderful little shop where they sold hand tooled leather books and other lovely things. She warned me that we were just going to look because everything was way too expensive. But I fell in love with this beautiful leather sketchbook/journal which had the book seperate from the leather cover. The clerk told me I could always order more inserts. So I dished out many euros for it and have loved it ever since!
I am almost done with the insert which has paper that is not very good for sketching. So today I made a new handbound sketchbook with nice Fabriano Artistico 90lb hot pressed paper, covered it with Canson pastel paper in bright orange-yellow and decorated it with an ATC on the cover. I added a ribbon as a place holder and it's now ready for next month's adventure to a far away land..............
Leather Bookcover Sketchbook/Journal insert
My new handbound sketchbook/journal