I'm putting together a new book,
based on the garden strands of this diary. I've got plenty to choose
piles of bricks
. . . and I haven't even started looking through my sketches of
birds, bees and butterflies.
The big advantage of the book over the online version of this diary
is that I can tell a specific story. The format I've chosen is A5
(about 6 x 8 inches), 64 pages, printed in two colours, sepia and
dark sage green probably, on a very slightly tinted paper - a very
pale green, grey or parchment.
I like the way a drawing like this (left), of a pile
of bricks surrounded by weeds, can be given room to breathe
on a spread in a book. It would fill the left-hand page and one
third of the right-hand page, leaving room for a paragraph of hand-written
Drawings don't really get the same room to breathe on a computer
screen - there are usually scroll bars, menus and title bars impinging
on the simplicity of the picture on the page.