30 Days of Get Your Art On – 10.23.12

My website wasn’t working yesterday, so even though I got my art on, I wasn’t able to post it.
I worked on my new journal.

I chose the pages from old books that I wanted to use as the new pages in my journal. These are the ones I chose.



These are the books that they came out of. I love to use old book pages, especially ones from foreign books.



After tearing them down to the right size, I folded them into signatures. Signatures are the sets of nested pages. I usually have 4 signatures in my handmade books.



Then today, I sewed them into my journal. The Red Rosin Paper that I used is very curly because I’m near the end of the roll. So right now it’s not laying flat in the book, but it will relax soon and behave. I LOVE red rosin paper. You can usually find it in the paint section of hardware stores. It’s inexpensive and a roll will last you a long time.



I meant to decorate the spine before I sewed the pages in. But I was so excited to sew them in, I forgot! So I did a little stamping and drawing after I was finished.



I used a hand-carved stamp that was the perfect size to fit between the stitching. Then I did some drawing on it with Sakura Glaze Pens.





I’m so excited to have a new journal to work in! I hope I can work in it soon. The rest of the week I need to finish up my Halloween costume, and get some new artwork finished for Final Friday gallery crawl, which is already this coming Friday.

I hope everyone is hanging in there, doing some artwork every day. Be sure to check out the artists who are participating in my 30 Days of Get Your Art On.


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  1. Oh Traci, I LOVE this journal! Are the covers an old record album sleeve? The orange binding and the turquoise thread are perfect and set off the colors of the covers. Beautiful. Can’t wait to see what you create in it. Hugs.

  2. Traci, I love your journal cover and binding. Do you have a tutorial on how to do this kind of binding? I’m not at all sure how to sew in signatures and would appreciate any tips you can give. Thanks!

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