Explore creative writing and art within a beautiful personalised art journal
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Tessa the Therapy Dog's Update
A 100-year-old's Birthday Party Invite
Therapy dog Tessa was invited to a Dot's 100th birthday party yesterday.
John, her nearest companion kept dropping birthday cake on the floor, much to Tessa's delight.
Keep an art and craft diary to plan and express your imaginative and creative life.
An art journal is a natural way for a crafts person to transition no artist, or an artist to delve into a more imaginative way of creative mixed media expression.
Craftsmanship diaries open ways to explore our extraordinary innovativeness and record those things that give meaning to our lives. For some, that might be self exploration, dreams, family, travel or close experiences with nature or an area of study such as science. The art journal is a visual diary where you may work free from rules, aside of course from those of integrity if plan on sharing you visual diary with others.
In the eighteenth century art journals were popular. Naturalists and archeologists kept detailed visual diaries to report their movements and investigations. In Victorian times, ladies commonly kept scrapbooks to record family ancestry or extraordinary occasions and used embroidery and watercolour skills to embellish them.
Gouache is opaque watercolour. It is fabulous to work in a more oil painterly technique. Also, being opaque, the less experienced artist can use it to cover over what otherwise might have been visual errors.
Coloured pencils or watercolour pencils, similarly, being easily portable, make excellent art journaling supplies.
I now make all the pages first, decorate them, before I create a mixed media art journal. This is so i know what width to make the book spine and the visial diary does not end up with gator mouth, unable to close.
Learn Bookbinding - your own art journals from scratch
Some of the materials I have ordered in to create my books from watercolour papers.
I have a few bookmaking supplies already. I own all the art materials I good to fill the pages. I have some basic craft supplies.
If you plan to make your own art journals from scratch, as I am now doing, at the minimum, you will need a book press.
Depending on what type of binding you will do will depend on whether you will need a sewing frame.
If you will sew on tapes or cords, then you need a sewing frame. If you will be sewing the signatures to each other, then you don’t need the sewing frame.
You will need to punch holes in the signatures for sewing. I sell a cradle for this or you can use a large fat phone book as a substitute.
You will need to “back” the text block once it is sewn, and this needs backing irons which need a lying press or preferably finishing press to hold. I know of no substitute for this process.
You will need brass-edged boards to make the hinge groove once you have attached the cover, but knitting needles are a good substitute for this.
Then if you want smooth edges on your text block, you will need a plough to cut the block to size.
All this adds up to a lot of money. I think the best thing to do (if you haven’t already) is to watch a LOT of YouTube videos on binding and see what type of binding you want to do. There are a lot of beginner videos for simple books. All these videos will help you understand the procedures I mention above, how to do them, and what you will need to do them.
Most of the above bookbinding supplies have been purchased on Etsy or Ebay.
From the Teacher's Super Store I bought:
1 Wooden Bench Hook
1 Self Healing Cutting Mats (Double-Sided) - A4
1 Satin Ribbon - Red
1 Snap Off Cutters - Small
1 Wooden Buttons - Pack of 50
1 Wooden Pegs (7cm) - Pack of 12
2 Zart Glue Stick - 35g
I still need to buy:
Corner mitering tool
24” long quilting rule
10" 30/60/90 aluminium triangle