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Remember I did an online course in making journals with Sue Bleiweiss a few months ago?  Well, I’m now doing her follow on course.  And it is great fun.  I’m finding that it is inspiring me to use my screenprinted fabric rather than feeling it is too precious to cut into it.    And it is making me want to get on and screenprint more! 

This week we made a zigzag book folded in three – well, we made one to practise getting the technique right and another in the shape of a house. 

I decided to use this fabric which I gocco printed a few months ago, mainly because it was the right length for the project!

gocco printed fabric with image of a girl on

The only problem was, for it to be long enough, I had to do something with that splodge at the left hand side where I dropped some paint on the fabric!  So I got the same screen and printed it over the splodge in black.  I thought it came out quite well…

printed fabric

That’s the back page of the journal.  I actually printed it after making the cover, which was a bit rash!  But it worked okay.  I thought it made it look a bit mysterious.

Trouble was, once I started printing I had to keep going and use up all the paint, didn’t I?!

printed rust dyed fabric

This is some rust dyed fabric which I overprinted.  I also printed on this watercolour paper on which I’d previously printed Rouen Cathedral!

person plus rouen cathedral

Here is the book cover finished:

book cover          inside of book cover

And here it is with the signatures sewn in.  I haven’t put any fancy pockets, tags or closures yet.  I probably will, but today the second lesson comes out!! 



I made the house journal too – more pics to come in the next post!

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Another journal

When DS1 saw my journal (the last one I made, out of the brown paper), he asked if I could make him one.  I finished it today.  For this one, I used a brown grocery bag from the farmer’s market – it produces a coarser surface than the brown wrapping paper.

Anselm's journal

The leather tie is a shoelace!  I couldn’t bear it as a shoelace; it kept coming undone.  But as a journal tie, it is brilliant!  The button is one I have had for ages: I think it was in my Nan’s button box.  It was the one DS1 chose as a fastening and I think it looks really good.

inside pocket of journal

It has an inside pocket made of the same painted paper.

pocket on signature

And another pocket on the inside signature.

signatures inside journal

He wanted plain paper inside the journal.

He is on study leave at the moment because his GCSEs start next week, and DS2 has gone to France on a school trip so I have been all at sixes and sevens this week and this is the only thing I’ve got done.  No printing for me:(  Or stitching – apart from mending…..

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Journal 4

I just finished Journal 4 of Sue’s course last night.

The cover is made of brown wrapping paper painted with acrylic paint!  It is similar to the first journal that we made in that there are sewn signatures inside.   I stitched them all in, and stitched on the button, which is an old wooden vintage button and some twisted cord made from Colinette Point 5 yarn – and discovered that the cover was inside out and I had sewn the signatures to the outside instead of the inside!

So… hmm… what to do?  Do I undo it all and start again?  Hmmm… not me!  build on mistakes, incorporate them into the general scheme of things, that’s my philosophy…. 

When I was painting the brown paper, I painted everything in sight, including some Japanese newspaper which came with the Gocco machines.  Here is a pic of it all drying by the way…

brown paper painted

Here is the brown paper ready to be made into the journal:

brown paper painted for journal

This is the finished journal.  I cut strips of the Japanese newspaper and stuck them around the joins.  Luckily the inside of the cover was the same as the outside apart from the joins.  I like the vintage look it gives it.

Journal 4 with button closure

There is a pocket on the inside – I made mine with textured brown paper – this just came as packaging with something and I painted it.  I love how it picks up the fold patterns.

inside journal with pocket

I put a mixture of cardstock, handmade paper, lokta paper specially cut for the inkjet printer and ordinary paper inside.

Inside journal with lokta paper and pocket

This is the lokta paper.  It is very strong and can be stitched.  Here I have stitched a pocket made of painted and stamped lutradur.


This is handmade paper which I stamped into when it was drying.  After it was dry I painted the stamped bits with Aquawax (a sort of resist wax which can be used on paper – I actually bought it by mistake, meaning to get acrylic wax…) and paint.

lokta paper printed with tree photo

This is some more of the lokta paper, which I printed in my inkjet printer.  It is a photo which I took on a walk near some waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons.  I love the mossy trees and rocks. 

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Last Week’s Journal

I just realised that I haven’t put any photos of last week’s journal from Sue’s journal course up on my blog. 

It is a loose leaf journal which is held together with screw posts.  I bought these in November on our trip to London, meaning to use them, so I’m glad of the opportunity. 

The fabric for the cover is some of the marbled fabric which I made and blogged about a couple of years ago.  You can read about it here and here.  I hadn’t used any so far, and these pieces are just the right size for these journals so I can see that I will be making lots now.  I have cut more pieces of pelmet vilene ready but am now waiting for Joggles to send me some more Misty Fuse.

This is the front of this week’s journal:

journal using marbled fabric in red and yellow

And the back:

back of journal

I put lots of different papers inside, some painted, some exotic.  Here is the inside front of it:

inside of journal showing mulberry paper

That is either mulberry or lokta paper, can’t remember which, with leaves embedded into it.

Tonight I made a start on Journal 4, which involves painting brown paper.  As usual, I mixed up too much paint so the workroom floor is now COVERED in painted paper… I think I will have enough to make several more journals!  I am loving this course – all the journals are different and it means that my interest has been maintained so I haven’t fallen behind, which is what usually happens at this stage of an online course!   The real test will be whether I finish the very last one – thinking back, it will be a first for me in my online course history….hmmm….

Once I have finished the preparation of the papers, I will be stuck until the Misty Fuse arrives (of course, I could go out and buy some bondaweb locally but I LOVE Misty Fuse now I’ve tried it – it is really easy to work with and to stitch into.  Come on, post office, speed the MF to me ….

Oh dear, this blog entry is starting to sound like a commercial….

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