This is one of the first journals I have using Nik the Booksmith's Hollow Back Binding technique. I stored it away and forgot about it until recently when organizing my handmade journals. I decided to use it for my Doodle Art Journal. Currently, I have been creating in it on Friday night as a way to unwind from my week.
This weekend I took inventory of the journals that I'm currently working in. I find it beneficial that each one has a specific use.
Clockwise from the top left:
Mixed Media - 8.5"x9" used children's book made completely out of cardboard and covered with decorative duct tape. Great for mixed media. Right now this art journal is private.
Doodle - 5.5"x8.25" upcycled hard cover book used as substrate and covered with black and white commercial fabric with red ribbon. This journal is bound using hollow back binding method.Currently, using as my Friday Night Doodle art journal.
Hanging by a Thread - 5"x8.5" upcycled hard cover book bound using Coptic stitch. I have been posting artwork from this art journal almost weekly.
Camo - 4" square art journal covered with commercial camouflage fabric and bound using Coptic stitch with scrap paper for signatures. I'm using this little art journal to wipe off excess paint from my brush, test pens/markers and write notes. I haven't shown this journal yet since it's not being used as an art journal quite yet.
Commonplace - 5.5"x8.5" journal made from upcycled hard cover book bound with hollow back binding with black ribbon closure. I have shown parts of this journal. Most of the contents are private since I'm using it to write down thoughts to clear my mind.
Lettering - 6"x7.5" art journal was made using cardboard and collaged magazine images and bound with Coptic stitch. One of the first journals I made using the Coptic stitch. The signatures are 80lb drawing paper. I have been using this art journal to practice lettering. I have shared a few images and will probably show more as time goes on.
I have been writing a lot in my 2019 Grey Commonplace Journal. This is the journal that I spoke about here. I have started to decorate the blank and written pages with fabric and thread. I would recommend sewing in the journal before it's bound. Of course, I didn't think of this step beforehand.
Here is how I sewn on the pages using my sewing machine. A bit awkward but it worked.
I used scraps of paper and fabric to make these decorative page accents. All 4 were sewn in using my sewing machine.