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Monday, January 2, 2012

Soft Cover Journal

I hope you all had a wonderful New Years Day and that the coming year is a very blessed one for us all.

I am starting the year off with three workshops. I will try to post and share as often as I can what I create in them, but I'm sure they're going to keep me hopping for a few weeks. I also want to finish the canvas headboard for my bed that I started before Christmas.

Misty Mawn (see my sidebar for workshop details button) generously shared two videos on journal making with us before class starts next Monday, and this is my finished project for the soft cover journal. Misty used five signatures and I think it looks better with more than the three I used, but the good thing about this journal is that I can always add more. I just happened to stop at three.

The cover is canvas and is still the plain gessoed version, because I haven't decided how I want to embellish it yet. I left the selvage across the bottom to add some interest. I used printmaking paper for the signatures, because that's what I had handy, but for mixed media something heavier would probably be better. I'm going to try it and see though. (I have a mixed media journal on the way in case it doesn't work out though).

I also used waxed linen yellow thread to stitch with. It's easy to make, and I love the way it lays open so flat to work in. I never thought I'd like a soft journal, but I do, and I've found that I LOVE making journals too.

The cat is one my quirky doodle paintings and is a work in progress. I know the stitching on the spine is a little wonky, but that's me, quirky and wonky! :)

Start the new year off by sharing a smile with someone. I'm sharing a great big one with y'all! 8>)


Fallingladies said...

This is great, I've been meaning to make a soft journal too!

Anonymous said...

I've very recently caught the journal-making bug myself but haven't tried a canvas cover yet. That's good that it lays flat. Looks great (and a pretty cool kitty, too)!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Awesome journal creation ~ Happy New Year to you ~namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey and A Creative Harbor) linked w/ CED

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I love the idea of a soft canvas cover... makes me rethink journal making... think I would like to give this a go... thanks for the inspiration...xx