Note: To see the name of the winner of the leather journal, please click here.
Some of you may have followed Rae Missigmans Art Marks Challenge over the past month. It was 30 days of making art marks. To see all of the details, click here. I did not play along but goodness I fell in love with her journal. It drew me in and made me happy. So I caved, and I began playing to make my own journal. I thought I would share my process here with you. Let's get started.
Supply List (link to supplies at the bottom of post)
Canvas (sized to 9"x5")
Various paints, pens, paint markers
Various papers (cancelled checks, paper bags, tags, envelopes, etc.)
Eyelet and setter
3" bulldog clip
1. Paint your 9"x5" piece of canvas. Have fun with it. I did not gesso this small piece. I usually do but decided against it. I would recommend it though if you have never painted on canvas before. Let the canvas dry.
2. Begin creating your signatures by using cancelled checks, paper bags, tags, envelopes, etc. They will vary in size. Your papers will be used to make three signatures of five pages each which once folded in half will give you a total of 30 pages for your journal. You will see paint on my pages. I used excess paint from creating the canvas cover to add color to some of the pages.
3. Once the canvas is finished, stitch around the edges if desired. I used a zig zag stitch with off-white thread.
4. Next, put three pencil marks where you will sew in the signatures. I started at 3 3/4" from the left (front) side then marked two more lines 1/4" apart from the first line. You will stitch a signature to each pencil line.
5. Sew in the signatures along the pencil lines. I used a bulldog clip to hold the pages while I stitched a triple straight stitch with a regular needle. If you do not have a sewing machine, you can do this by hand or use any other binding technique you enjoy using.
6. Once the signatures are sewn in, add an eyelet and sari ribbon to the flap to be able to close the journal. I also added a charm I had in my stash.
Simple, cute, and fun! Hope you enjoyed this, and let me know if you have any questions. Now to paint the pages inside. Let the fun begin!
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