Ever since I can remember, I had a love for books. Especially empty ones, like note books, books for drawing or painting in. If it had a nice hard cover it is even better. I can spend a whole morning in a bookshop in front of a bookshelf with Moleskin books in them.
The books that I do buy I usually use as Travel Journals. A5 size that will fit in my pocket or backpack. I draw whatever presents itself to me. Usually buildings. I love architecture. But even on visiting an art museum I will take out my pen and draw what is in front of me. You may say it is easier to take a photo, (and a lot quicker) but if I draw something, it is as if I really see it. And remember it better!
These beautiful books is expensive, and the quality of paper is not always up to standard. The answer to this is to make your own books.
I use good quality drawing paper. If you buy an A4 drawing pad at the local art stote the paper is of better quality than most bound drawing books. I use old fashioned binding methods. Batches of paper sewn together, bound into book form. A cover of cardboard or even thin wood always give strength. I cover the books with material and or leather.
There is lots of youtube video’s to show you how. If you need advice please let me know.