Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Mixed-Up Journal

What do you do with lots and lots of paintings and experiments? Combine them into a Mixed-Up Journal! Combing through a big box, I chose ones I really liked and ones that needed a make-over.

For the covers, I used Davey boards in a 10.50" x 7.50" size to use more of the folded watercolor papers, mainly my favorite Fabriano Artistico hot press. Bookcloth in a beautiful turquoise color covered the bare boards and I attached part of one of my paintings for the front. Dark brown leather strips and some teal Irish linen thread starred on the sewn-over-tapes binding style. Endpapers are another painting.

I left a lot of room in the binding to allow for collage and attachments. I love being able to use little bits and pieces as well as the larger sizes of watercolor paper.

Even though the book has a lot of painting already done, each can be altered. I know there are some not so great pieces will get some gesso and paint, if not a great photograph or photo transfer, fabric, leaves, mementoes, and various embellishments. And, there are all the backsides that are blank and awaiting!

This is such a fun format and I’ve already begun this journal, feeling so free experimenting and playing.


  1. Wonderful book, it all comes together rather nicely! I like the leather straps on the covers... And the inside pages are just stunning.

  2. Thanks; it means a lot coming from a fellow bookbinder!