Making a watercolor journal

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  • #138802
    Sandra Gilbert
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    @sandra-gilbert

    I prefer to paint in journals and I really like 100 cotton paper. Finding them together at a price point I am happy about is tricky. So I made my own. Even better the two bigger ones I made to fit in my leather journal cover.

    I used arches 140lb paper.

    Handmade watercolor journals

    #138804
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    Oh, yours look so much better than mine.  I suck at sewing them together.  I used a wide range of paper, sometimes all the same in one journal and other times I mix them.  In the Schut Drawing Journal, I used the covers from the drawing pads as well as the paper itself.

    #138815
    Pamela Smith
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    @pamela-smith

    I make journals with all watercolor paper and other mixed media and junk journals,I bind them using my cinch machine..

    #138816
    Pamela Smith
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    @pamela-smith

    I like your covers,I like doing something to the covers…

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by Pamela Smith.
    #138817
    Pamela Smith
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    @pamela-smith

    I love seeing others journals,,nice.

    #138819
    Sandra Gilbert
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    @sandra-gilbert

    Ooh, I like both of your guys journals too. I often use whatever is at hand for my journal or notebook experiments. I just happened to have scrapbook paper to cover the covers this time. I have used my various binding machines to put my journals together before. But this time I was trying to make journals to fit in my leather journal cover, so I learned how to do the coptic stitch method this time,

    #138832
    Kate Powell
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    @kate-powell

    Your journals look gorgeous!

    #138833
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    How cool, Pamela! I usually just sew mine into signatures with a pamphlet stitch and then sew the signatures together.  Then I spend hours trying to cover up the lousy sewing job, lol.

    #138834
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    Sandra, I’ve tried to master the Coptic stitch without much success.  Occasionally, I go the easy route and just punch holes and use rings, lol.  I use various things for the covers too.  For this one, I cut up a cardboard box, glued newspaper over it, and painted my picture with acrylic.  I think it might be my favorite cover.

    #138835
    Sandra Gilbert
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    @sandra-gilbert

    Oh wow that is cool a cool cover. The coptic wasn’t too hard but I found some good photo instructions.

    #138839
    Pamela Smith
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    @pamela-smith

    I love this cover Sandra,,the rings work,easy to remove a piece if you want to,removing a piece to use as a card or frame is one of the reasons I choose to bind as I do..

    I use a heavy cardboard for the front and back covers.,the dark colored book has a crumpled napkin glued to it then painted with a couple of different acrylic paints and then coated with mod podge,,I don’t usually put that much time into them,but I was having fun.😁

     

    #138845
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    Pamela, I agree about easy removal, and it also lets you add more if you wish.  I just have a handheld punch meant for printer paper.  I keep thinking about buying one of the machines — keep trying to win one, lol.  Does your Cinch work well?

     

    #138846
    Pamela Smith
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    @pamela-smith

    It works very well,it punches through several pieces of paper at one time,I do 3 pieces of arches 140 lb cold press at once and it will do heavy cardboard for the covers.I have the cinch that punches square holes.I really like it..

    #138853
    Mary Roff
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    @mary-roff

    Love all of your sketchbooks!!!  I did bookbinding 20 + years ago and then gave it up to pursue other projects.  Tried making a couple of journals recently and have forgotten everything I had learned…thank heaven for YouTube!  Here are a couple of books I did recently…have a long way to go.

    #138854
    Mary Roff
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    @mary-roff

    Love your journals! Do you like your Cinch machine? Almost bought one a while ago and then couldn’t decide if it would be worth buying.

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