I was looking to do something more interesteing when I created these letters so I decided to cut into the paper in the sketchbook and create three interconnected letters. The letter “O” on the right page was created from a cut out that is shared by the letter “P” on the reverse page. The illustration of “O” including lines with the silver circle in the center “O” is actually part of the letter “Q” that peeks through the cutout. I had to create all three letters at the same time to keep things lined up. First, I cut out the shape of a backwards “D” into the sketchbook paper on the right “O” page. This forms the outline/shape for most of the “O”, but the right side of the cutout was truncated to form the stem on the “P” on the reverse. Concentric circles were drawn to reinforce the circular shape of the letter which borrows the center of it’s design from the underlying letter “Q”. Because of the graphic nature of the design, I used bright, flashy colors including red, black and metallic silver.
In filling in the large areas of black, I did notice a peculiarity with the paper. It seemed to have had lots of little white specks that did not accept the color well when I used a water-based marker. These tiny areas appeared to be non-porous. I did not have this problem when I used solvent markers or pen & ink, it only occurred with the watercolor markers. It is definitely something to consider if you are planning on using water-based markers in your Moleskine sketchbook.
The letter “P” is on the backside of letter “O” and was created from the D-shaped cutout. The horizontal lines unite all of the pages and form the background on the design for “O”, “P” and “Q”. These horizontal lines help mask the cutout and make it less obvious and provide a nice contrast to the circular patterns. The corner of the “O” page was cut to add some interest to the “P” and “Q” pages and to add some pop to the “O” on the reverse. Because of the similarity of the letters “P” and “Q”, I could not resist placing them next to each other on the same spread. They form the perfect mirror image.