Online Journal Making Course

On Friday I signed up for an online Journal Making Course run by Sue Bleiweiss – it was quite a spur of the moment decision as it actually started a week ago and sign ups were ending that day.  It is a 5 week course and we are making a different sort of journal/sketchbook each week.

I started making the first one on Saturday, and finished today!  Sue’s instructions are really clear and straightforward and I am so glad of the opportunity to use up all those handdyed fabrics and painted papers and other such stuff which has been building up over the past few years.  I seem to enjoy painting them so much more than actually making them into anything!

Here is the journal – I dyed the fabric about two years ago and haven’t touched it since then. 

journal 1 - outside

I satin stitched the edges with a raggedy satin stitch which is one of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine that I use a lot.   I bought some dragonfly brads on our trip to London last week and used it for the fastening cover:


This is the back:


I decided that as the fabric covered reminded me a bit of leaves and trees, I would make it into a trees theme inside.  We stitched three signatures, which are groups of paper stitched together, into the journal, and I added some decorated papers and purchased handmade paper.

paper inside journal

This is either mulberry or lokta paper with leaves embedded into it.

gocco seedhead on Japanese paper inside journal

I goccoed this seedhead on to painted Japanese paper – it is really thin but very strong.  It is a sort of chequered design.

blue decorated paper in journal

This is some blue paper I painted years ago with melted wax crayons and brusho powder paints.

I lined the journal with some screenprinted silk and added pockets – this one is from some goccoed fabric which you may recognise if you are a regular reader of this blog!

first page of journal with pocket and tag

I have also got a green fabric pocket and have stamped some trees on to the first page – I bought this stamp last week at a craft market in the grounds of St James’, Piccadilly – it is brass, and I couldn’t resist trying it out.


This is another pocket glued on to cardstock – the front of it is from a magazine picture of some trees in snow.

If you would like to see any of the other journals made by people on the course, here are a few other bloggers who are doing it:

It is amazing how different each journal is! 

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  1. Again I am awed by your work.

  2. This is absolutely fabulous, Liz. I bet you are thinking the entire course and experience are already worth it. Congratulations on yet another beautiful creation. I always love your art.

  3. Liz, its fabulous! You do amazing work!

  4. It’s beautiful – I love the cover! I really like that satin stitch as well.

  5. Wonderful, Liz!!! How fun and I loved looking at the ones in your links! I can’t wait to see all of them as you create them. Sue is a great teacher!

  6. You were saving that fabric for a perfect project! The journal turned out great!

  7. Your journal looks great. I like the edge stitch you used and your embellished pages on the inside.

  8. Wow, Sue, amazing! And that is after one lesson…. can’t wait to see how you progress. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!

  9. This is awesome! I can’t wait to see the results from the rest of the course!!

  10. Liz, i love your journal and the journals you linked to…makes the class very tempting!

  11. Hi, Liz. I’m in Sue’s class too. You’re journal is wonderful. Your hand-dyed fabric makes a good cover. It reminds me of nature. Thanks for sharing. Have fun.

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