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rite of passage

October 11, 2011

i feel like i have passed some rite of passage as an art journalist… i just finished binding my very first art journal. wow! i feel like i can now actually call myself an art journalist. there should be a better title for that by the way. anyways, i am so proud of myself i can hardly stand it. and i figured it out without a tutorial.

i was always so intimidated before now. i have always admired samantha kira’s journals. i even took one of her classes to see how she made them, but never attempted making one. i guess it was just the right time. the creative bug bit after i was looking at pictures of journals that were made by mary ann moss. and i thought, i bet i could do that.

i made a trip to hobby lobby and purchased a thin skinny metal tool for making holes in my paper (i have no idea what this is called), a bone folder, a needle for book binding, book-binding thread and turquoise duct tape. that’s it. i spent maybe $16. oh sorry, it was probably more than that since i used some watercolor paper that i already had.

for the cover i took the front and back of an old book. i had already used all of the papers inside for collage. so are you ready to take a peek? watch the video.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. joanne permalink
    October 12, 2011 3:02 am

    Love, love, love ,what you did,

  2. October 12, 2011 4:19 am


    making your own journal
    and teaching yourself to book-bind
    is an accomplishment to be proud of. YOU SHINE!
    your willingness to be messy and let yourself experiment
    are creating an ART language for you, of your very own!
    thank you for your transparency
    and willingness to share your creative journey!

    i will be in Colorado
    the 19th-27th / thanksgiving week.
    i would love to meet you and share a cup of tea.

  3. October 13, 2011 8:44 am

    Wendy…love it! I just bought a few supplies to make my own art journal but have been hesitant. I am thinking I am going to alter an old hardcover…thank you for that suggestion. Let the fun begin! Happy to have found your blog too. Julie


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