Sunday, 9 January 2011

Binding my own Art Journal

I bought an old book from Oxfam a while a go with the intention of altaring it in some way and using the inside text pages on art journal pages.
I had intended to take the covers off the book seperately and re bind using webbing to hold it together as I had seen in the Wildfire book by L.K.Ludwig, but the only webbing I had was to big. I went on Youtube to try and find another way of doing it and found this video.
I thought this was a much easier way of doing it as it left the covers attached to the spine.
I made four signatures, each with 6 pieces of paper. I used a mixture of papers-cartridge, watercolour and coloured. (I didn't remember to start taking photos until I had bound the book, but the video shows you how to do it!) I then bound the book using the instructions in the video.
This is the spine showing the binding

This is the inside front cover


Some of the pages showing the stitching. I didn't have any waxed linen thread so I doubled up some hand quilting thread and ran it through some beeswax (left over from my quiltmaking days!).


I wanted to decorate the front cover, but not all of it, so I used masking tape to mark a square off in the centre. I then gessoed it.


I used my heat gun to dry the gesso and then covered the square with a thick layer of texture paste. I then stamped a dragonfly image into the wet paste. I used the heat gun again to dry it...which took a while!

I removed the masking tape when dry and painted the image. I used Dylusions paint and twinkling H2o's.

I found a Zutter perfect closure which I have been saving for ages(I've had it at least 4 years!). I painted the leather strap to match the book and stamped tiny dragonflys on it before attaching it to the book.

I attached the tiny key that came with it to a piece of sparkly thread and added a little gold heart and this just hangs off the strap.

And this is the inside front cover and the first page.
I am really pleased with how this book has turned out and will definately be making some more!


This is my WK 42 LO for The Wight Craft Circle Scrap with us challenge-a review of 2010. It is a straight copy of Paiges LO (which she scraplifted from someone else!) I have no mo-jo for scrapping at the moment so Paige was nice enough to let me just copy her!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Sami x

8 comments:

Carmen said...

Sam you are such an inspiration! This is just gorgeous. You should sell them, you really should!

Oh and I've signed up to Tam's class! It was her Klimt-esque sneak peek on FB that did it ;)

sorayaquartz said...

excellent sam, You will have to show me how to do it. :-)

Sarah said...

Brilliant ;0) What a great idea! You are my creative inspiration Sam. You see creative opportunties where I would never have even thought of looking ;0) xx

laurie said...

this book is so cool!!! you always take projects to the next level. i can't wait to see what you do with it. i'm sure you could even sell these books - i would sure buy one!

Lorraine said...

fantastic altered book love the lock and key. I am sorry that your computer shut down when looking at the link..I have altered the link to go to her home page..she has that many photos on there that it takes an age to load but its a great site

Faerielore said...

Hey sam,

WOW this amazing, youve done a brilliant job making your book and i LOVE the first pages there awesome, cant wait to see more, also thanks for your lovely comment on my travel journal xxxx

Sherry Edwards said...

I had seen that YouTube video before - but have never used the technique myself. I love how you've made your journal still keeping a lot of the original cover showing - your dragonfly centre piece is fantastic!! I also like how you've left a lot of the inside cover showing too. Really fabby job Sam!

LadyBug said...

Great new art journal book Sam! so clever!!!!! I had a great day on saturday at the crop I jhope your Scrappy Mojo comes back soon ;) but until then feel free to scraplift all you want :)