Color Studies

I’m working like crazy to produce like..25 notebooks for the 2nd of June (Dosde Market, Madrid).

The notebooks will have bright covers and the same decoration of this one.

Right now I’m making light-blu, orange, yellow, pink and green covers. I’m really excited about the color-mix I’ll get!

Spring is here! A5 Custom Agenda/Photoalbum

My client wanted a functional diary: half notebook, half photo-album, with pockets. When she saw the daisy paper she asked me to use it for the cover and for some boxes I’ll post tomorrow.

COVER// Hard cover. The beautiful paper is from Grafiche Tassotti. The spine and the corners are protected by green fabric.

PAGES +PHOTOALBUM//Half of the diary has light cream blank pages (72g) while the other half is a photo-album, with heavier paper (200g) + vegetal paper. As you will see, the right page is fashioned to put the pics on it while you can write on the left side…notes and memories about the pics etc.

POCKETS// My client asked me to add some place to put business cards and other notes. So I made this two really thin pockets. One has a cut in the middle, that helps to put the cards inside without forcing the cardboard, and you actually don’t notice it..

I hope you’ll like it!

I made 2 of them, so if you liked it, you could buy one ;) If you want something different, you could always request a custom item (on the left column).

Lately I’ve been using watercolours to study new patterns.

This is part of a new project called “digital vs handmade”, where I’m going to produce the same pattern in both ways:  Illustrator vs watercolours. 

In this case, while I was painting I didn’t have a drawing to follow…it was more automatic or spontaneous. I believe it’s a good exercise to express the inner creativity. Sometimes I find out really good patterns that way ;)

I’ll soon post a stop-motion video I did while I was painting one of these watercolours.

The result of the project would be the production of two handmade notebooks or diaries with different price (the “all” handmade would be the most expensive, with painted covers). And there comes the conceptual dilemma of these days..Which one would you prefer?

Sneak peeks about my works?! Here! ;)

Wanna buy them?! Here! ;)

Front cover Back cover Enleaf + flyleaf Front matter Photo album pages Handmade Illustration on vegetal paper Handmade Illustration on vegetal paper Pop-up Pocket + colored papers A6 size

Here it is my latest work: a custom A6 size diary, based on this one.

My client told me that her friend (the final recipient) was fond of nature, birds and bright colors.

COVER// We agreed to use the same style of colorful papers I already used for other diaries on my blog. By the way..I buy them here in Madrid, in the Tiger shop. (Someone asked me if it was possible to buy them online, but I don’t think so..). The front and the back cover have different patterns, as you can see. The spine is in fabric.

PAGES// Light cream plain pages (72g). Every signature contains 8 leaves. Alternatively, they’re wrapped in vegetal paper ( in that case, the leaves are 6)

ILLUSTRATIONS// I started to look for vintage educational charts images and pictures about birds. I found a lot of material to make my handwritten illustrations on vegetal paper: 6 in total. I used a 0.3mm ink pen.

POP-UP// Birds! What a beautiful subject for a pop-up. I used a 180º angle fold kind. The paper is always from the Tiger shop, just another pattern. 

POCKET// I love to put pockets in diaries and agendas, it makes them more functional somewhat. There are 6 little 8x10cm colored papers (one side is white) in the pocket.

PHOTOALBUM// I recently started to insert photo/album-styled pages in the diaries I make. Maybe that’s because I spent last summer developing films in Italy?? Maybe, but I do it because I love to be given the chance of it! If you think about it, many times you don’t put a picture on a notebook unless you see the little white triangles..;). So there you go!

I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Ps.: If you want to get sneak peeks about my daily work in progress, take a look here! ;)

I mean to use this illustration for a notebook/photo album. I was going to make more, but now I’m not so sure. May be I’ll change it a bit more.

The design of the flowers is from the Grafiche Tassotti paper I’ll use to the cover the cardboard.

The orginal idea was to draw something on vegetal paper to decorate the photo album part. I wanted to stay on the same subject..

Well, I hope you’ll like it;)

This A6 diary was made for a client as a birthday present for a friend.

He chose among my agendas the one with the cut edges, but he wanted something more..like some surprise inside. So I used the same decoration on the cover for the illustrations that are inside, on the vegetal paper pages. There’s a vegetal paper with an illustration each 8 plain pages.

The cover is simple red cardboard. The flyleaves are also cardboard (double sided color black/white). 

On the back of the first flyleaf you can see there’s a red greeting card. You can pull it out once used, and replaced it with a picture.

The pop-up is illustrated with the same flower decoration that are all around this agenda. My client was very happy :)

Well, I hope you’ll like it.

I hadn’t thought about that, but actually, it could be a good S.Valentine’s present! ;)

A6 size, dark and sexy diary made for a female client who, I’m told, loves exotic flavours.

The black paper I used to cover the cardboard is handmade and comes from India, the little silver-colored spots are embossed on the surface. 

The first two and last two pages are fashioned as a photo album. Every 8 pages there’s a handmade illustration on vegetal paper. All the drawings feature different part of the same image.

I did that illustration during my visit of the “Hall of the Dancing girl”, Banteay Srei Temple, Cambodia. The hall was full of columns, each column had one dancing girl like this at each side. There was some magic there…so I sat on the floor and started to draw one of this bas-relief. And here it is ;)

There is also a special greeting card (since this is birthday present) that goes with this diary. It has a little flap to pull it out of the envelope.

Again, I hope you’ll like it!

This notebook (size A5) is sewed using the traditional cord system. Its “uniqueness” is simply in the handmade ink drawings I did on the cover. I was tempted to fill all the surface with flowers, but finally I decided to put them on the right, where I could cut the edges to give an ultimate effect. 

At least, three of my last works have green paper!! It’s my green period ;)

Hope you’ll like it.

I made this special notebook for a harpsichord teacher/musician friend, a present her boyfriend asked me to produce especially for her. The occasion was the late feast of the Epiphany. I would like to point out that here in Spain, the Epiphany feast is more known as “Reyes magos”, or simply “Reyes”, which  is kind of a big deal and more important even than Christmas when it comes to presents. Well, what a digression…isn’t it?!

Back to the present: I knew she liked baroque music so I made the illustrations accordingly. The paper on the cover is from Grafiche Tassotti, Italy.

Bookbinding and illustrations are handmade by me.

Hard cover

Here we go with this lovely, weird yet unique hardcover photo album. It took me a lot to get all the materials and to decide how to do it. Well, in the end it’s very simple: you choose where to put the pictures.

I used Tassotti paper for the hard cover and Canson violet paper (180mg) for the pages. 

Traditional chord book binding system.