Codex Book Fair inside Craneway Pavillion, ink & watercolor, 5x8"

Looking into the Codex Book Fair in the Craneway Pavillion, ink & watercolor, 5×8″

I attended the Codex Book Fair at Craneway Pavillion (a former car factory, now an event space) in Richmond with some friends from S.F. Sketchers on a gorgeous, sunny day. The fair is an annual event where book artists and small publishers show their work. There were huge crowds enjoying the amazing art, although a few tables were empty because the artists or publishers got stuck in an East Coast snow storm.

The Park on the Bay by Craneway Pavillion, ink & watercolor, 5x8"

The Park on the Bay by Craneway Pavillion, ink & watercolor, 5×8″

After I visited the fair I sat outside on a bench and quickly sketched the view from the boardwalk by the building (above).

My favorite artist at the show was Andie Thrams. Her handmade, watercolor-illustrated, one-of-a kind books were amazing and inspiring. My favorite of hers was In Forests, which you can see page by page here. It really is a must-see for anyone interested in journaling and bookbinding, especially nature journaling in ink or watercolor.

Building, Ink and watercolor wash, Landscape, Outdoors/Landscape, Places, Sketchbook Pages
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  1. I always enjoy your sketches Jana! thanks for sharing the link to Andie’s book– lovely.


  2. Keep these coming. Very inspiring and well done. Thanks–I needed this today.


    • Thanks Deb. I really appreciate the kind words and that you took the time to comment. Jana

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  3. I think Andie Thrams used to call herself/work “Larkspur Graphics”. If that was her, she did precise and gorgeous botanical ink and watercolor drawings of wildflowers. I LOVED them and framed a couple of cards. In fact, I still have a wild iris poster in my bedroom. . .but it isn’t signed!!


  4. Thank you for the link to Andie’s amazing work. I love books like this, and marvel at the work and thought that must go into their creation.


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