john jeffery bookbinding
Watercolour Book #05
john jeffery bookbinding
john jeffery bookbinding

Watercolour Book #05

Regular price £99.00

A chunky 48 page (96 sides), totally handmade book for drawing and watercolour.


A superior style of binding called Tight-back or Flexible Binding with laced on boards and raised bands.

tight back flexible binding

Tight-back or Flexible binding allows the book to open completely flat without damaging the book; very important when drawing and writing.

This type of structure makes the book incredibly strong and durable. Opening the book flat will, over time, cause the spine to crease but not break. 

Tight Back or Flexible Bindings should not be mistaken for inferior Case Bindings.


The cover paper is hand marbled. 

blind tooling along spine

The spine is made from calfskin which has been blind tooled (embossed without gold leaf) along the long edges on the cover sides of the spine

gold tooling on spine

The top and tail of the spine has been tooled with a tiny dotted line in real gold leaf. 

Vellum Tipped Corners

vellum tipped corners

Our watercolour books all have vellum tipped corners. These help to protect the book from everyday wear and tear as well as adding a final decorative flourish.

Adding these tiny vellum corners is a time-consuming detail; it requires a steady hand, patience and skill. It's incredibly rare to see this attention to detail in any book, especially a blank journal.   

Cover Ties

cover ties

The book covers feature cotton tape ties to keep the book closed when not in use. 


Qty - 48 pages, 96 sides (approximately) and matching endpapers.

john jeffery book binding

Paper - Twin texture - smooth on one side and rough on the other. The paper is thick watercolour paper, around 300gsm (140gsm). 

Colour - White

Media - Inks, pencil, watercolour

The foredges are slightly deckled


180 x 130 x 30 mm

7 x 5 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches