Two Inch Square Book


Still Life, Pen and ink, 2″ x 2″ Laura Wythe

It was a gift from another student in a drawing class. A tiny hand made book with blank pages of handmade paper, and the cover a Guatemalan weave. What a joy! I knew I’d fill this book from the first page to the last, and I did.

For years, I took the bus. That’s a study in waiting, taking busses in my city. The two inch square book was a perfect fit for any sized purse or pocket. I carried a Staedtler pigment liner, 0.3 which never bled on the rough porous paper, or ran out. While waiting for the bus, a friend, at the doctor’s, or on a lunch break, I’d sketch.


Waiting at the Market, Pen and ink, 2″ x 2″ Laura Wythe

It took a year to fill the book. I found that the ink bled through the pages, so I used every second page as an opportunity to the connect the dots and get abstract.

And the scenes or objects I sketched quickly took on a stylized look, inspired by wood block prints.


Deck chairs on Bruce Street, Pen and ink on handmade paper, 2″ x 2″ Laura Wythe


Sketch diary made in Guatemala, 2 inches square, 2011-2012, Laura Wythe

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4 thoughts on “Two Inch Square Book

  1. Charlotte says:

    Wonderful Laura. I really admire the way you filled those ‘waiting moments’ in life with a tangible reference for later. A little treasure that can be held in one’s hand.

  2. Wow! Laura. What a unique awesome gift the little book was and what a fine job you did of filling it. Mary Lou

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