NEW: Leather Artist's Sketchbooks

by Susan Green August 29, 2018

Leather Artist's Sketchbooks handmade with watercolour, cartridge and pastel paper. Bound by hand in the UK, ships worldwide.

A new collection of handmade leather Artist's Sketchbooks with an updated binding style. And here's the story behind them...

Towards the end of last year I had a request for Artist's Sketchbooks bound in leather with watercolour paper from my local stockist Walford Mill Crafts in Wimborne, Dorset. I took the opportunity to experiment with a slightly different Longstitch binding style, new closure options (tabs and studs), as well as some new colour combinations. And these new style Artist's Sketchbooks are now available for you, too - you can shop right here (although do visit Walford Mill Crafts if you're visiting Dorset, it's a lovely place by the river with stunning exhibitions from local and national makers, not to mention a very enticing shop!). 

New Colours for Leather Sketchbooks

I hope you love the brand new colour combinations as much as I do; Mustard & Olive is a particular favourite of mine and with customers so far; Oxblood, Teal & Mustard is very warm; Duck Egg & Sherbet Lemon is a nice fresh colourway and there are some in the perennial favourite - dark blue. You can find them all here, but scroll down if you want to know a little more about the papers I've used.

Mustard and Olive Leather Sketchbook with watercolour paper for artists

Mustard & Olive A5 Medium Artist's Sketchbook

Leather Watercolour Sketchbook bound by hand in Oxblood, Mustard and Teal

Oxblood, Mustard & Teal Square Watercolour Sketchbook

Blue Leather Sketchbook bound by hand in the UK

Blue and Magenta A5 Medium Leather Artist's Sketchbook

Paper options for Leather Sketchbooks

Watercolour paper: 300 gsm cold presssed, fine grain paper which is acid free, FSC certified and made in England. I've heard from a calligrapher that this paper is great for calligraphy; it's also thick enough for collage and mixed media and it would be good for writing or drawing if you prefer a really sturdy page.

Cartridge paper: 150 gsm smooth paper for all dry mediums.

Pastel paper: 160 gsm fine art paper in varied tones with a slighty textured surface.

Bespoke Sketchbooks for Artists

You can also commission me to make a bespoke sketchbook just the way you want it - you can choose your size, leather and binding colours and paper type. Check out your bespoke options and then get in touch to commission your own book.

+44 (0)7748 759 371 

Susan Green
Susan Green


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Size Guide

Use this Size Guide to check the dimensions of the books you're considering purchasing (dimensions are external and refer to the closed book unless otherwise indicated). If you'd like some guidance with selecting the correct size, feel free to contact Susan the bookbinder: email or call +44 (0)7748 759371

Leather Memory Books, Wedding Guest Books, Journals and Sketchbooks
A4 Large Portrait 12 inches or 305 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A4 Large Landscape 8.5 inches or 215 mm 12 inches or 305 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Landscape 6 inches or 155 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Portrait 8.5 inches or 215 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1.5 inches or 35 mm
A6 Small Landscape 4.5 inches or 114 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
A6 Small Portrait 6 inches or 155 mm 4.5 inches or 114 mm 1 inch or 25 mm


Miniature Journals
 One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches


Marbled Notebooks
 A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205 mm or 8 inches approx. 64 pages
A5 Medium 210 mm or 8.25 inches approx. 145 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 56 pages
A6 Small  150 mm or 6 inches approx. 100 mm or 4 inches approx. 48 pages
A7 Pocket 106 mm or 4.25 inches approx. 72 mm or 2.75 inches approx. 40 pages