The books I make have hard covers, open flat and require no gluing. I like
the hard covers for sketching without an additional support. They have a
soft spine so you can even fold them back on themselves. They take about
three hours to make including folding all the pages and measuring.  Let me
know if you want me to email you an example.
Cheers,
Gretchen

On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 6:22 PM, Gail Guth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>  thanks, Gretchen!
>
> Actually, I don't know yet! (Don't tell anyone...no need to rush into these
> decisions! hah.). I'm leaning toward a stitched, soft cover booklet style,
> but I need to get my thoughts organized on it and really decide. My initial
> idea is to avoid the need to glue and just focus on stitched signatures, as
> they lay so nice and flat. We may talk about hardcover techniques, just to
> let them know it's an option. Maybe that will be Make-Your-Own-Sketchbook 2!
>
> I like the idea of a sketchbook/sketching weekend! Let's keep it going.
>
> Gail
>
>
>
>
>
> gretchen halpert wrote:
>
> All the classes look great, Gail. What kind of sketchbook are you going to
> make?
> I'm putting a plug in for a post-conference sketchbook/sketching weekend in
> 2011!
> Gretchen
>
> On Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 11:31 PM, Gail Guth <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>
>> Hi, All,
>> A new workshop schedule is up on my website now and will be up on Binder
>> Park Zoo's website soon, I hope! Only $65 (sign up for the first three
>> topics together for $180), 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each workshop, at one of the
>> country's nicest zoos. See below for dates and a brief synopsis of each
>> workshop.
>>
>> www.guthillustration.com
>>
>> Please contact me off-list if you need any further information.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Gail
>>
>>
>> SKETCHING: ANIMALS!
>> May 8 & August 21, 2010
>>
>> This program focuses on the challenge of capturing the essence of animal
>> shape and motion from live subjects. Zookeepers will bring a few animals in
>> for up close viewing in the classroom, then we'll head out to observe and
>> sketch several of the rest of the Zoo's residents.
>>
>>
>> FUR, FEATHERS, AND SCALES: Adding texture to animal drawings and paintings
>> May 15 & September 11, 2010
>>
>> Well study the basic structures and varieties of fur, feathers and
>> scales; observe growth patterns, and looks at ways to reproduce their
>> accurate look in our work. Zookeepers will bring a few animals in for up
>> close viewing in the classroom, then we'll head out to observe and sketch
>> several of the rest of the Zoo's residents.
>>
>>
>> THE NEXT STEPS: FROM SKETCHES TO FINISHED WORK
>> June 12 & September 25, 2010
>>
>> You have sketchbooks full of ideas, possibilities, and wanna-bes; but
>> what are the next steps? Well explore the process from sketches to finished
>> art in the classroom and then head out to start some new masterpieces
>> inspired by the Zoo's resident animals and it's lovely grounds.
>>
>>
>> MAKE YOUR OWN SKETCHBOOK/NATURE JOURNALING
>> April 24, 2010  Zoo opening weekend
>>
>> Nature Journaling combines a daily diary with a sketchbook, and allows for
>> a very personal and thoughtful approach to both. We will look at samples of
>> nature journals and sketchbooks, discuss basic sketching techniques and
>> supplies and how to put together a field kit for easy portability.
>>
>> We will make a soft-cover, hand-sewn sketchbook with materials you select
>> from those provided (there will be a nominal fee for materials). Your book
>> will be hand-sewn, an easy process that results in a book that is sturdy,
>> durable, and lies flat for easy sketching.
>>
>>
>> WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPES: INTRODUCTION TO FIELD SKETCHING WITH WATERCOLORS
>> October 9, 2010  (alt date: Oct. 16)
>> If you ever wanted to capture the essence of Michigan's gorgeous fall
>> scenery using the fun and fluid medium of watercolor, this workshop is for
>> you! After some preliminary discussion about field kits and supplies and a
>> few basics on light and shadow and simple techniques, we will head out to
>> the Zoo's Swamp Adventure walk, an easy loop encompassing an amazing variety
>> of habitats that is always beautiful in the fall.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Gail Guth
>> Guth Illustration & Design
>> 139 Lathrop Avenue
>> Battle Creek, MI  49014-5076
>> 269-963-1311
>> [log in to unmask]
>> www.guthillustration.com
>>  guthillustration.com <http://www.guthillustration.com/>
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