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Topic: Finally Making Art Journals Again!  (Read 5566 times)
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« on: February 16, 2011 09:29:02 AM »

Dear Long Lost Art Tribe Smiley

There was a time I was so active here in this awesome community -- and then, as John Lennon once wrote "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans...."

I have found my way back to my passion -- making Coptic stitched one-of-a-kind art journals!
I LOVE the PROCESS of creating these...(finding my zen!). Each step is a labor of love from designing the covers to the final binding stitch.

Here are photos of my two latest. If you have any questions about the process please don't hesitate...I love to share what I've learned Smiley

*Covers are created on canvas boards.
*Signatures are 140# index stock.

peace & love,
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teachart
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011 09:37:55 AM »

These are really beautiful. Making an art journal has been on my to-do list for a long time!

I love how you did the binding, is there a name to that type of style? Any pointers as to where to look to find a tute of how to bind books?

Thank you so much for sharing. They are really inspiring!!
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011 09:46:06 AM »

These are really beautiful. Making an art journal has been on my to-do list for a long time!

I love how you did the binding, is there a name to that type of style? Any pointers as to where to look to find a tute of how to bind books?

Thank you so much for sharing. They are really inspiring!!

I appreciate your positive feedback!

This stitch goes by many different names - yet I believe the most common is the Coptic stitch. What I love about it is the exposed spine....and the fact that the Coptic stitch binding allows the journal to lie FLAT when opened! That's a MUST for me when working in journals! I learned it from a book by Keith Smith (though I've forgotten the exact book title, he has a few). You can Google Coptic stitch tutorials, there are a few on YouTube that will show you the basics. It looks intimidating at first, but it is really simple. The one I use requires 2 needles for each 'sewing station' -- so in these journals I have posted they required 8 needles.

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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011 09:47:05 AM »

ooo those are sooo pretty, jolenemarie! awesome work. Smiley I keep wanting to do an art journal, but somehow it hasn't happened yet. Yours are very inspiring.

teachart, there's a list of tutorials here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360955.0
good luck! Wink

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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011 09:51:55 AM »

ooo those are sooo pretty, jolenemarie! awesome work. Smiley I keep wanting to do an art journal, but somehow it hasn't happened yet. Yours are very inspiring.

teachart, there's a list of tutorials here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360955.0
good luck! Wink

-clouds

Thanks -clouds!
Make it happen Smiley You'll be glad you did!
And thanks for pointing out the tut's Craftsters has right here in our own community -- I have to take a walk around our 'hood again...been too long Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2011 11:42:53 AM »

Holy crap, these are beautiful! I just adore the citrus one with the bird. You've got skill! I love them Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2011 12:46:48 PM »

Holy crap, these are beautiful! I just adore the citrus one with the bird. You've got skill! I love them Smiley

Holy Crap noooitaremybirthday....you made me so happy  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2011 12:50:21 PM »

My god they're gorgeous!! Seriously, utterly amazing Smiley

I do have a question, what do you use for the book covers as a base material?
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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2011 01:28:41 PM »

My god they're gorgeous!! Seriously, utterly amazing Smiley

I do have a question, what do you use for the book covers as a base material?

Awww, thanks goldsheepbowl!
I use canvas boards! I either design directly on them or adhere a design I do on the 140#index paper that I use in the signatures....LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that paper! Perfect for taking all kinds of abuse..LOL! When you paint or gesso both sides it does not wrinkle and accepts all medium with open arms! Can't say enough good things about it. Not readily available everywhere but google it!
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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2011 02:00:01 PM »

I've said it before and I say it again: You are super duper inspiring to me! I'm a big fan of your style and all of your pieces are definitely gorgeous.
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