October 12, 2015

Hand Bound Journal #1

Hello my lovelies. Just beginning the first journal.  It's odd switching from painting to a crafting mode ... takes awhile to get my mind into a different gear.  I dug out some lovely heavy paper which you can buy very reasonably here.  It's great for multi media work and takes paint well, and of course writing. Think I'm headed in the right direction. 

I packed all my book binding equipment away, so will have to get my gardener, Reyes, to help me dig it out of storage, as I can't lift heavy boxes anymore.  I will need my waxed linen thread, proper needles, my Japanese book punch etc. etc.  

Today, I got the junk jewelry out and chose one simple piece for the front, which I think looks better than the woman I had there first.  Luckily I still had some lovely paper stashed in my studio so was able to choose something to cover the inside covers.  Made my first signature and think I will stick to five page signatures, as they are easier to sew by hand.  As usual, I'm using my favorite Fluid Golden Matt Medium as an adhesive.  It's just sooooo easy.

Here's what's happened so far.

I think I will leave the back plain.  However, I never know if I'm going be struck by some other inspiration!  :o)

I chose a very simple amber jewel trimmed in brass to accentuate the front piece of brass.

 Inside, front and back are covered with a lovely high quality Italian Paper which was in my stash.

First signature of five sheets, which makes ten pages is ready and waiting for some buddies.

Patty Waite left an interesting comment regarding making things we can use, as at 'this age' we are somewhat downsizing.  So true, and these journals are a lot of fun to use and to sell.  

It's a wrap for today.  Enjoy the moment.  

“For an artist is not a consumer, as our commercials urge us to be. An artist is a nourisher and a creator who knows that during the act of creation there is collaboration. We do not create alone.”
~ Madeleine L/Engle


  1. Your journal is taking shape, great that you made a start. The amber jewel on the cover looks good, and the end-papers are beautiful. Have lots of fun sewing the signatures, and hope Reyes finds everything you need.
    Take care and have a good day, hugs, Valerie

  2. I love Madeleine L/Engle - My kids have read her and so have I. It seems to me that she wrote a book about bringing her Mother home to live with her when she cold no longer live by herself.
    know your hand made journals will make wonderful keepsakes and gifts. Have you thought about putting some small paintings in one? Now don't yell at me - I know that the waxed linen thread is lovely but one can also use dental floss. Don't know what goodies you have in your hand made book box and I certainly don't have a clue what a Japanese Book Punch is!! You are off to a wonderful start and it sounds to me like you have some fabulous goodies to embellish book covers. Can't wait to see!!
    Sandy xx

  3. Journal is looking good. I am hoping this will inspire me to do the same as they are a lot of fun to make. I can't wait to see it when you are done as you make beautiful books.

  4. Donna, I am so excited to watch your journal take shape. Coincidentally, I've been collecting books on Book making

  5. Sorry...my Thingie often quits writing on blog comments and won't let me type further! Just wanted to say how you inspire me, and that I am going to a workshop in November to learn now to do sketchbook and journal binding, so I'm following your or process with great interest! Sorry it's so difficult for you to lift. I wish you strength, creAtivity, and great peace of mind. And...a swift sale of your. Eloped home...dang! Autocorrect that I can't correct without everything stopping! Anyway, take care