Hand-making a journal

During the last few months of 2012, I took an Artist’s Way class. My major project for the program was hand-making two books. Here are the high-level steps, as well as a downloadable document (Handmaking a Journal) in case you want more details to try making your own book.

  1. Paint the front and back covers.
  2. Paint the end papers (inside of the covers) and glue them in.
  3. Put the cover together using book cloth (binding tape) and glue.
  4. Prepare the paper that goes on the inside—the “signatures.”
  5. Prepare for sewing by making holes in the paper and spine.
  6. Sew in the signatures, adding beads, buttons, etc. as desired.
  7. Start using the book!

Now please keep in mind, this was a creativity class, not a book-making class—so don’t judge my efforts too harshly!


My two finished journals (front covers)


Journal 1 – Two different covers outside…


Journal 1 – …same covers inside.


Journal 1 – Ditto


Journal 2 – Two different covers – Can you read the poem on the front cover?


Journal 2 – Inside of front cover – A pastoral scene…


Journal 2 – Inside back cover – What’s that blue thing flying through space? The TARDIS!!


Two finished journals on the shelf!

4 thoughts on “Hand-making a journal

  1. I am so glad to see the finished second journal. Both journals are beautiful, I so enjoyed watching you as you progressed through the steps. You brought such a thoughtful, artistic mindset to the whole project. Blessings,


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