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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12 Responses to Online Journal Making Course

  1. marion barnett April 7, 2008 at 8:20 pm #


  2. sixsisters April 7, 2008 at 8:36 pm #

    Again I am awed by your work.

  3. joon April 7, 2008 at 9:08 pm #

    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.

  4. chauncey April 7, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    Liz, its fabulous! You do amazing work!

  5. Fiona D April 7, 2008 at 10:00 pm #

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

  6. ZudaGay April 8, 2008 at 12:50 am #

    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!

  7. Vicki W April 8, 2008 at 12:50 am #

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

  8. Terri April 8, 2008 at 1:29 am #

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

  9. Pat April 8, 2008 at 7:47 am #

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

  10. Jean Levert Hood April 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm #

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

  11. Karoda April 9, 2008 at 3:43 am #

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

  12. Fannie April 11, 2008 at 9:45 am #

    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.