To Make a Small A7 sketch Book
1. Take a piece of white A4 paper with the narrow side to the top. Fold it top to bottom and crease it carefully to A5. Fold it again top to bottom to form a long narrow strip. This will give 8 pages to the final book. If you want a thicker book, fold another sheet in the same way. Put one inside the other and it will give a folded strip like figure 1.
The paper folded into a narrow strip 210 mm x 74mm
2. Fold the paper sideways once to form an A7 book and sew it with a figure of eight stitch.
3. The book will need a stiff support at the back. Cut a piece of card larger than the A7 book and a cover paper wider and long enough to wrap round the end of the book.
The small finger of the drawing hand rests on the small finger of the other hand. This allows very accurate sketching even in windy, unfavourable conditions as one hand supports the other.
A parapet roof with a tablet
Imagine this roof in red brick with a white Portland Stone pediment and tablet.
The following sketches of trees may be of use to teachers when taking children on nature walks. I used them for years but I cannot remember if I drew them originally. If I did not and anyone recognises them, I shall be happy to acknowledge the artist.
Clissold Park had a splendid collection of trees, so a set of drawings like this could be a class project. There would be a different species for each child and still new ones for next year.
Licoln Court, Bethune Road
William Patten School was built on the site next door in 1892 as Church Street School
Local Sketches like this, in black and white and therefore easily photocopies, could be collected on to a disk to enliven history disks.
These are typical sketches from "The Growth of St Marlebone and Paddington"