I tried another notebook with Coptic binding and … my first attempt was actually better. The tension on this one is somehow both too tight at the back cover (where you start) and too loose at the front cover and that throws the covers out of alignment. I’m not sure what happened–other than, you know, being a beginner at something (which is perfectly ok!!)–but I did use thinner thread this time. Maybe that did it?
Regardless, I had a good time making mismatched covers and using contrast endpaper and the book still holds together well enough to be used as the sketchbook for that mark making class on Creativebug.
And it’s definitely mark making, not drawing or anything beyond lines and shapes. Which this dilettante approves of! Taking five minutes a day to try out different media and havng an excuse to buy a little watercolor set? Yes please.