Pretty Pink Floral Journal, Handcrafted with Cyanotype Prints of Daisies from my Garden (B5 size, 7.48 x 9.84 inches)
I created this gorgeous journal because I believe your words are worth it!
The covers for this B5 hand bound journal were made using original wet cyanotype prints.
Both front and back covers feature daisies from my small, but lovely, English country garden … there are Black-Eyed Susans, Osteospermums and Ox-Eye Daisies … I love daisies! They’re the jolliest of flowers!
To create the cover prints, I used Fabriano Tiziano art paper in a gorgeous deep pink shade called Viola. This pink goes a deep purple when the cyanotype chemicals are added. The paper has a wonderful texture. I used a tiny splash of gold ink, and a sprinkling of salt and Jardin Turquoise ink in the wet cyanotype developing process, so there’s a bit of lovely sparkle to it.
The inside covers are made using handmade Nepalese Washi paper, in a deep purply pink.
The book is stitched together with magenta waxed cotton thread.
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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.
With this new series of journals in this new size for me … B5 … I have decided that I am going to expand 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!
This journal is part of a new collection of B5 journals. I have been a journal keeper for over twenty years, and the books I create for myself are always A4.
You see, A5 is too small for someone who writes as much as I do and whose handwriting is, frankly, a bit on the big side!!
But I do know that sometimes a blank page that big (A4) is a bit scary! So, I am creating a line of journals in B5 size, halfway between the two – 7.48 x 9.84 inches! These journals also fit into your bag so much more easily.
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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