DIY accordian fold watercolor sketchbook

Finished up my moleskine watercolor book and I don’t really like the paper on the new version of moleskine book. So I decide to make myself one with Arches paper.

Product list:
Arches 300 LB cold press watercolor paper 22 x 30 inches.
Thick cardboard for book cover (I used scrap illustration board.)
Book clothing
Some non-acid adhesive.


Watercolor paper fold into 16 small rectangle pieces (around 5.5 x 7.5 inches per page.) Accordion method, keep folding it in half and half…



Cut a bigger cover then glue the book clothing to it. Glue the book clothing to the card board. You can leave it blank or design a nice picture on it. Since I know I will make it dirty in no time, so I decide not to draw on it.

For the pressing I just place the book under two dumbbell and it works great.
The book size is 8.25 x 6.25 inches, the actual paper size is 7.5 x 5.5. a bit shorter than the molskine book. It also a lot thicker because of the 300 LB paper weight.
Inside the book. You can drawing on 4 pages together at once. Good for landscape drawing.