A couple things about our contest last week for the give-away of Alternative Art Journals by Margaret Peot. First of all, the winner: Congratulations to HowlingMoose! I love the idea that you’ll use this with your students, introducing them to the joy of making their own journals. Enjoy!
And then I thought it would be fun to share some other resources for those of y’all who are into (or would like to get into) making your own journals. I’ve got a couple simple little tutorial videos on YouTube. Here’s Part I, and here’s Part II. There is no part 3–I got this far and then figured people would go on and do the finishing parts on their own.
Here’s a sewn-signature tutorial on Curiously Crafty. This is the kind of book I made over and over and over, and this is a great tutorial–I never had the patience to do one this thorough. Good job.
Here’s a link to Jason Thompson’s Making Journals By Hand, my all-time favorite book-binding book and the one that introduced me to my friend Wendy Hale Davis, who teaches bookbinding in Austin, Texas, if you’re ever around those parts. She’s a professional book binder and has been making her own journals for years. She does amazing work with leather. You should be able to find workshops in your area with a google search.
Here’s a tutorial for making mini journals by Samantha Hahn over on Maquette. And here’s Aisling’s Artist’s Journals, with lots of info. I found that one from Kukachoo Crafts and a post on Making Journals.
Wow–that should be plenty to get you started, right? If you need more, a google search on “making journals” will turn up enough to keep you busy–and delighted!–for days. Have fun!
And congratulations, again, to HowlingMoose. Send me an email at ricefz at gmail, please, and I’ll get this in the mail to you~~
Ricë also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe.
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