I started using binders as a part of my sketching process in 2008. Most of my sketchbooks were half full spiral books and I decided to put their extra sheets to use in a binder. The full size binder evolved into the Art Toolkit sketching system which I’ve been enjoying for a few years now. The Toolkit introduced a new puzzle though: what do I do with the 5″ x 7″ sketches once they’re completed? My solution is a standard 3-ring binder with archival 5″ x 7 photo pages.
Each page holds four sketches (front and back) and the binder has become a nice collection of my explorations. I store additional sketches that I haven’t yet archived in a simple bamboo box. I group sketches together by expedition/region in an archival 8 1/4″ x 10 1/8″ plastic sleeve.
I do my best to stay organized, sketches add up over the years!
5 Responses to “Storing Sketches”
Loved your ideas on storing, I guess archiving your own works helps in seeing your works and studies after ages and this is also useful for any new explorer in this fascinating world of watermedia
Thank you! It all adds up over the years, too.
Thank you for sharing the creative art tool kit and storage ideas.
I especially like the tiny pocket size paint box, very creative!
Another fan of your work,
I was wondering if you have come across binders of the same size? I like the idea of storing them in a separate binder to keep the narrative aspect as opposed to in sleeves. With that said, I am having a hard time finding an appropriate size binder. Suggestions?
Hi Robyn, I purchase my storage binders at my local bookstore, with 5″x7″ photo sleeves. I’d recommend looking online or in your area to see if there’s one you like! I just make sure the photo sleeves are archival. Cheers, Maria