Want to know how to paint this pattern on the leather and make a stylish leather sketchbook?It’s easy for DIY lovers, just follow the directions and you will have one for your own.
blue Scotch painter’s tape
15 pages of Arches cover watercolor paper (cold pressed) 6″ x 9″
2 nickel-plated Chicago screws
natural unfinished leather, 20″ x 7″
Eco Flo leather dye
wool for burnishing
Sennelier gold shellac ink
Eco Flo acrylic leather finish
- Cover the entire piece of leather with Blue Scotch painter’s tape and draw your pattern on top with a pen.
- Cut away tape with an X-Acto knife to reveal a honeycomb pattern. Don’t worry about making the shapes exact; subtle imperfections give the pattern a lovely organic quality.
- Mix one part water to one part dye. Put on latex gloves. Apply dye to sponge and press dye into the pattern, rubbing in a circular motion. Let dry for about 10–15 minutes.
- Gently peel the tape away to reveal the pattern. I chose to go back into my pattern with my ink pen for a pretty glow. Once dry, use a clean sponge to apply acrylic leather finish — be sure to wear gloves for this step. This will seal the entire surface.
- Cut down the watercolor paper to fit inside the book. Cut so that it is 1/2 inch smaller than the leather on each side. Punch the back of the leather and 1/2″ in from the binding in two places. Insert Chicago screws and tighten with screwdriver.