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.
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.
This is either mulberry or lokta paper with leaves embedded into it.
I goccoed this seedhead on to painted Japanese paper – it is really thin but very strong. It is a sort of chequered design.
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!
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:
- Mags of Digital Gran has already completed two!
- This is Beate’s in Germany
- Ann of Wannabe Art
- Carol of Textile Tales
It is amazing how different each journal is!