I’ve been afraid of bookbinding.
Really, really afraid of it.
It seemed overwhelming and I guess I thought of it in my mind as some gypsy magic involving standing on one leg, facing north during a blood moon while holding a unicorn hair high in your right hand.
But you know what I found out?
It’s completely do-able!
So this is my first attempt, and it’s not exactly the “pretty type”.
It’s not perfectly bound. It doesn’t have clean edges.
But it’s very “me-ish” and I’m excited!
I started by looking around for stuff I already had and salvaged a few things. I figured that’s the point of a junk journal right? It’s made of your junk? Anyway…
I had a old Strathmore sketch pad that was half full of terrible drawings and wasn’t serving a purpose any longer, I ripped the pages out, folded them and started stitching them together into signatures.
After that, I had a large-ish piece of cardboard that I cut down to be a book cover. I wrapped said cardboard in decorative paper (leaving some of the cardboard corner bits exposed – for fun) and then attached a few fabric swatches with hot glue.
Oh, and I used a lot of a washi tape. – A LOT OF WASHI TAPE.
I had some silk pieces leftover from my wedding, some string, some leathery bits… and I cut those and used them as bookmarks and a means to tie the book together (art journals get fat!).
Now for the pictures!:
I haven’t entirely decided it’s purpose yet. I know it will be an art journal, but I think I may use it specifically for an intuitive art journal.