With our manuscript book assignment coming during the
peak of summer, I couldn't help but take inspiration
from all around me: a wealth of sun, lush plants, good
times with family and friends, and vibrant energy all
around! Along with several quotes about the season,
you'll find my own list of favorite summer blessings,
which are unpacked along the bottom of each page.
The result is a book
project titled “Summer.”
Bound with a Japanese stab
stitching technique, the cover is made of paste paper
and the end papers have real wildflowers incorporated in
manuscript pages are Arches Text Wove, which I cut and
folded in half, providing two clean writing surfaces. I
then created each page individually before binding the
As assigned, all the summer words and quotes are in the
Carolingian alphabet. I chose Mitchell #2, #3 and #4
nibs and gouache, using Winsor & Newton indigo, chromium
oxide, red ochre, and ivory black--thank you, Reggie,
for the color recommendations!
Simple drawings in watercolor pencil complement the
words to finish off this personal summer sketchbook.