Gorgeous Wildflower Journal with Ultramarine and Turquoise Inks, “8×10” size
I created this gorgeous journal because I believe your words are worth it!
This is part of my 8” by 10” collection of journals … this is such a wonderful size for a journal … as wide as A4, but not quite so tall.
The covers for this pretty hand bound journal were made using original cyanotype prints.
Both front and back covers feature wildflowers from the hedgerows around my lovely Wiltshire home. There are poppies and mallows, gathered while I was on my local walks.
This gorgeous, floral journal would be the perfect gift for any woman … for her birthday, for Mother’s Day, or just because she deserves it!
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I used a some of the Ferris Wheel Press Jardin Turquoise ink, which is a firm favourite of mine, as well as some ultramarine ink and some Winsor and Newton Silver Ink to give it a touch of bling! I also used salt in the wet cyanotype developing process, because this gives a wonderful crystalising effect.
To create the cover prints, I used Fabriano Tiziano art paper in a lovely pale turquoise … it’s called “Brina” and it’s a lovely base for cyanotype printing. This Fabriano art paper is the perfect weight for creating the covers for my journals. It’s strong enough to withstand the cyanotype chemicals and the dyes and inks I use in the development process; it can also stand up to the washing at the end of the process!
The inside covers are made using handmade Nepalese Lokta paper, in a gorgeous deep teal colour called Ocean Blue.
The book is stitched together with Teal coloured Irish Linen waxed thread. This is the best kind of thread to use for bookbinding, I find, because it doesn’t stretch. This means that the book stays firmly bound, no matter how often you open and close it … I know this for a fact … I use my journal every single day!
I used Coptic stitching to bind the book together. Coptic binding means that the book will lie completely flat when opened, which makes it perfect for journaling or sketching.
Coptic binding was a method of bookbinding employed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd century AD to the 11th century.
Coptic bindings are characterized by sections of paper sewn through their folds and attached to each other with chain stitch linkings across the spine of the book. The book artist who taught me Coptic binding told me that traditionally, hand bound books would have seven signatures, or sections, and that is how many I use.
Seven has a long history and has meaning in so many cultures. The number 7 is often considered lucky, and it has a definite mystique, perhaps because it is a prime number.
The origin of seven’s power lies in the lunar cycle. The moon has four phases lasting about seven days.
I carry on the “theme of seven” … each of the 7 signatures has 7 sheets and there are 7 stitch holes to bind them together. (And I have always finished my stitching off with 7 tiny knots!). Which I think is pretty cool! I love a bit of consistency!
For this journal I have used cyanotype print spine wraps, which look beautiful when your book is standing on a shelf. This is not just a journal, it’s a work of art.
All of the cartridge paper for the pages is recycled, mostly from old paper cups, and it’s all hand torn or cut to size. The paper is 140gsm and because it is recycled, it has a slight texture, which makes it perfect for journaling or sketching. I always write with a fountain pen and the paper is wonderful for that.
The grey-board used for the covers is also, wherever possible, made from recycled materials.
This book is unique and made entirely by hand.
What is a journal?
It’s your story, your history, your present moment.
It’s a gateway into who you really are and how you really feel.
It’s a place to play and a place to get down to some serious work.
Keeping a journal, whether you do it every day, once a week, or only in moments of strong emotions, (good or bad), can be so many of these things, and so much more. Keeping a journal is meditation, it’s a place where you can open up a dialogue with your inner self, or your inner child, or your inner crazy-person-who-just-needs-to-rant!
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