DIY – Painted Leather Sketchbook

8Want 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

X-Acto knife


15 pages of Arches cover watercolor paper (cold pressed) 6″ x 9″

2 nickel-plated Chicago screws

paper punch

natural unfinished leather, 20″ x 7″


For Dyeing:

Eco Flo leather dye



wool for burnishing

latex gloves


For Finishing:

Sennelier gold shellac ink

Eco Flo acrylic leather finish

ink pen



  1. Cover the entire piece of leather with Blue Scotch painter’s tape and draw your pattern on top with a pen.
  2. 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.345
  3. 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.  6
  4. 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.
  5. 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.7

You’re done!