Although I’ve been adding sketches to my sketchbook somewhat at random (not sequentially page by page), I avoided drawing on the last 16 pages since they are perforated. All the while, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them. I considered gluing different paper on either the front or back of the pages to reinforce the perforations, but I was concerned that there would be a lot of rippling, or that it would make the book to thick.
Once I’d filled in all the pages in the front of the book (those that were not perforated), I was faced with the decision, and I had the idea to glue strips of paper on the back of the pages–only enough to cover the perforated area.
I decided to use rice paper since it’s very thin and flexible. I cut strips of paper a half inch wide and the height of the book.
I used mod podge for the glue. For my first attempt I painted the glue onto the rice paper strip. When it gets wet, rice paper is very fragile, and since mod podge is water based, the paper teared as I tried to affix it to the sketchbook.
Next I painted the glue directly on the sketchbook, eyeballing the width of the strip. Then I carefully lined up the strip and pressed it into the glue.
There was definitely a bit of a learning curve, and some of the pages have a little more glue on them than they needed, but I got the hang of it soon enough, and it seems to have worked out really well. The pages don’t bend at the perforations anymore but still turn easily, and it didn’t add too much thickness to the sketchbook.
Now I just have to fill in the remaining pages in that back section with sketches and send it off… in only 3 days. Wish me luck!