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Two new journals...


Two new journals..., originally uploaded by graphicartepsi.

Here are the covers for the two new journals I finished up today...one is mine (on the bottom) and one is a gift for a friend. Both are sampler journals with several kinds of watercolor paper plus black, cream, and tan...should be fun!

Note:  Whee, she was delighted! (I've made a few for J., too--it does make a nice gift...)

I like to put tactile bits on the front so I can tell which end to start from if I pick it up in a hurry!  These are polymer ornaments I made a couple of years ago...I've been saving them.  Other views are in my Flickr album--just click on the image and that will open up...

I'm learning, bit by bit--should make notes of my mistakes inside the cover, like I did on my first journal!  I forget that paper stretches, so although I'd cut the endpapers so they should have fit correctly, on mine they come too close to the edge of the book...and I still need to learn how NOT to be so messy!

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(Anonymous)

journal

I came here from Flickr. Your journals are beautiful! I really like how you did the end papers.
Molly Jean Henson

Re: journal

Thank you, Molly! The endpapers are where I have room to improve (among other places!) but I'm getting there. I loved this paper though, it was fun!
very nice!
Thank you! I really love using papers I enjoy, and I just wasn't finding what I wanted, commercially...
Beautiful journals, both of them! I like the innovative endpapers, too


Thanks, girlfriend! Those were fun papers. I also bought a rather rococo, overblown, perhaps even Victorian paper in black on deep rose...chickened out on that one.*G*

(Anonymous)

Great Journals

Those are great, Kate! Looks like a neat idea for watercolor journal.
Are they hard to make? What book(s) did you use to learn how to do it?
You can email me directly if you want.
Donn

Re: Great Journals

Hi Donn--I like Aldren Watson's Hand Bookbinding; a Manual of Instruction, a Dover book, and the new one, Creating Books & Boxes, by Benjamin D. Rinehart--that one because Roz Stendahl recommended it as close to the techniques she uses, and I've had one of her gorgeous journals--a gift after last year's surgery!

They're not really hard, just a bit tedious, the way I do it--there are lots of techniques, some quite "quick-and-dirty"--you don't have to hardbind a book, I just like them that way. I still make lots of mistakes, so I'd say doing it really WELL is hard, but mine work and do what I want them to, so I'm not complaining!
Those are gorgeous!
Thank you! I'm learning...