October 13, 2015

Hand Made Journal #1 .. the journey continues ...

Good morning my lovelies ... hope my long range scope is working well .. you are all looking wonderful and happy this morning.  :o)  Thanks for dropping by with your comments.  Some of you said you were interested in doing another journal.  It would be fun to compare notes, equipment, covers, etc.  I was aware of using a strong dental floss for sewing the binding, however I have waxed linen in my stash so will be using that.  I also think, when I am making journals with antique covers for sale, I am obligated to use the best materials.

Reyes came over and we dug into the bodega (storage) which is no easy job.  I have packed boxes for the move and labeled them all 'art supplies' .... so ... hmmmm.  It's anyone's guess where the book binding equipment is stashed.  We finally gathered everything required and he kindly brought it up to the studio for me.  This morning Reyes arrived at my door with roses.  A dozen, beautiful, fresh, red roses.  He truly is a lovely man.  He and his family stop by on important occasions .. such as the birth of their new son.  They all came over so I could admire the new addition to the family.  Reyes has helped me wrap, move and hang paintings at the gallery, while bringing the old ones home, move furniture, keeps my garden looking pristine, and I can call upon him for all the little things I'm unable to do.  I'm going to miss them terribly.

 Roses in the talavera jug Toller gave me sitting in front of my 'Toller' painting,

 Honestly, the roses here are always so beautifully fresh.  Like someone just picked them out of their garden.

Back to the topic at hand.  The binding equipment I use includes the following.  Proper binding needles, which make life so much easier, waxed linen thread and a Japanese hole punch.  In the past I used an awl for many many journals and finally gave it up for a proper punch.  I have never been happier with a piece of equipment.  It simply makes the job so much easier, neater and cleaner. 

The hole punch comes with interchangeable 'nibs' which give you the size of hole you require.  Love it!  My awl tends to sit alone on the shelf now ... abandoned ... poor thing.  As red is my favorite colour, I tend to bind mostly with red, however, as most of you know, the thread comes in a wide range of colours to suit your every need.

Progress on the actual journal was not significant today, however I did finish the five signatures ready to be worked on.  I tend tear the pages where I can, instead of cut with a paper cutter, as I enjoy the rough, shabby look of the edges.  This of course is a very personal choice and either is correct.
 Five signatures makes just about the right size for this size cover.  Of course, that is another personal choice.

 A peek at the 'torn' pages and the rough look it adds to the book.

Health report.  Pimple in my eye feels worse today despite following Dr.'s strict orders.  The four lower lumbar disks in my back (which I have been having issues with for a couple of years) are disintegrating and I finally gave in to some pain medication.  Well!!  The medication is making me feel 'out of it' ... seriously 'out of it'!  The Dr. said I would adjust to it, however if I don't improve in a couple of days I will have to go off it.  Can't be walking around stoned.  Yesterday, I woke up at the computer with my finger on the scroll button, finding myself at the end of the page.  lol  Absolutely cannot continue.  I'm off to put a hot pack on my eye.  See you tomorrow.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  Enjoy the moment.

“She worked her toes into the sand, feeling the tiny delicious pain of the friction of tiny chips of silicon against the tender flesh between her toes. That's life. It hurts, it's dirty, and it feels very, very good.”
~ Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind


  1. Your Reyes is a wonderful person, and he and his family evidently think very highly of you! The roses are gorgeous. Pity you can't take him and his family with you when you move. Loved seeing all you have done on the journal, and the equipment you have, and am very much looking forward to seeing it done, but please, look after yourself and take it easy! Not good about your eye. Hope your back is soon feeling better. Have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie

  2. Donna, Elsbeth and I hope to get on the journal making bandwagon next month, so it's great to see some examples of what can be done! Your creative diversity has no bounds it seems! Fabulously lovely roses.... and ugh to the medical stuff. Your quote is just perfect!

    1. WOW ... I'm so excited to hear all about it! We can compare notes ... it will be fun. xo

  3. I am not surprised Donna that you poo pooed the dental floss idea. When using the quality supplies that you use, your really don't want to use anything less than the waxed linen thread. I love home made journals. One day ......
    Sandy xx