You Are An Odd Balloon…

From a page of a typed journal (2015) that I’m finally getting around to binding


creative procrastination

©martha lea 2016

I love the 30 days 30 covers project that has been a part of NaNoWriMo for the past few years. I’ve been messing about making covers for novels this month too. Novels that don’t exist. Apart from the title, of course. The majority of covers being produced for the 30 days 30 covers project seem to be coming into existence via the wonders of computer aided design, and that’s fine. But I like and prefer cover art that has some kind of relationship to the real and physical world. This particular real fake cover is brought to you with the aid of tracing paper and typewriter – a 6cpi SCM Classic 12.

Words of actual novel written today so far: zero

the path is made by walking


Finished cover for the notebook. The text was taken from one of the NaNoWriMo pep talks, it’s a line by the poet Antonio Machado: Caminante no hay camino/ se hace camino al andar. I’ve typed it in 6 cpi, 11 cpi and a rather special 14 cpi on parchment paper; the spine is a scrap of goatskin that was just the right size for this A6 book. I’m pleased with the way this has turned out. Now I need to actually write something. November 1st is here and I am already procrastinating.

fly leaf


An A6 notebook/sketchbook waiting for its cover. I’ll be mixing up some paste soon. Just deciding on whether to go for a cloth, paper or leather finish. Decisions! This needs to be done before NaNoWrimo begins.

15mph westerly

clouds 1st march '16

Strange colour for clouds… I was testing out a re-inked ribbon and I forgot to switch the lever. I re-inked because it’s a silk ribbon, and was in perfect condition apart from being bone dry. The black ink has revamped the red half to make this brownish colour, which I am quite happy with, as you just can’t get colour ribbons in the UK unless you want to pay through the nose. Also happy to have a silk ribbon too.

How did I re-ink? Like this. It’s messy. But it came out quite even on this ribbon and I don’t seem to have any splodgy spots.