Art Journal: Binding Art Journal

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A while back, I told you that I was making a new art journal. It’s now bound and the covers have been added and gessoed! In the pic above, it’s show with the binding towards the bottom of the image.

This journal was created from a pad of Stonehenge, Hot Pressed Watercolor paper. The covers (front and back) are cut from the backing board of the pad. The only piece that hasn’t been used (yet) is the hot pink cover.

I will be using this journal for some mixed-media art explorations. I plan to try out some things that I will eventually turn into larger, abstract paintings.

There are six signatures, with two folios in each. The signatures were sewn together and to each other in three places along the spine.

It has been at least 20 years since I’ve bound a book like this, and I realized I’ve forgotten how to do it. I’m not totally happy with this binding, but it is working and will hold the book together for my purposes. However, I will be figuring out a better method for the next one!

Here is what it looks like in the middle of each signature inside.

It’s really nice that the pages open up flat, making it really easy to create art in the book.

As you can see, where the book is opened to a point between signatures,it didn’t work out quite as well. There is a space between the left and right pages.

I’m not so happy about this. However, it will work in the long run, I’ll just make sure to collage across the space. That should solve the problem.

I hope, today, I can get a second coat of gesso on the front and back covers. I would also like to get a coat on all of the page by the end of the weekend.

We’ll have to see how that works out!