Monday, 11 May 2015

Think Pink!

Hello, Lovely Friends!
Let's start a new week with some rosy thoughts, shall we? ;)
Riikka created a beautiful art journal (from scratch!) to inspire us to play with pink and canvas. She also has a video tutorial so we hope you will feel inspired to create your own little journal to collect all the positive thoughts and precious moments...


My inspiration for this project were the resist canvases. I really like them but haven’t used them much, so I tried to think of a project were they would have a big role.
First I thought stretching a sheet over a frame and creating a canvas base that way but then a friend of mine told me about a journal she’d done on a workshop and they had used a piece of canvas as “the hinge”. Then it hit me that I could create a journal using the canvases.


I used the canvases not only as the spine but also covered the covers with them.
The inside leaves I made using some patterned paper but mainly product packaging from the Finnabair goodies.
I cut the sheets, folded them in half and divided them into small stacks and then sewed them together. As this was my very first self-made journal with binding, I was inventing as I went along, but the sheets are attached to each other using a sort of five-hole-stich combined with codex binding.



The cover is embellished with a couple of Mechanicals but I tried to keep the embellishments minimal so that the canvas wouldn’t be hidden underneath.


For the coloring part I used the wonderful Mica Powders and decided to have the journal pink, maybe for the rosy thoughts.


If you want to see how the journal was born, please watch the video I made! It doesn’t show the stitching part of the inner pages nor the way I added the inside pages to the cover as it was my first and I really didn’t knew what I was doing. But there’s plenty of great tutorials out there to get you started with book binding! 



Thank you for your visit! If you have any questions, please leave a comment! Until next time!

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11 comments:

Purvi Gadewar said...

Beautiful Journal!!! Love the canvas cover!!!!!

Inky Fingers said...

Love the journal and pink is my color.

Helen Tilbury said...

Fantastique my friend!!!

Georgie C said...

Looks stunning - can't wait to watch the vid xx

Kathy Bradley said...

Riika - Your canvas covered journal is absolutely beautiful!! Love it!

Debs said...

Absolutely stunning. Love it!

Gail said...

Fab creation and love the look of the faux journal - one to definitely try xx GailT xx

Joi at RR said...

Thanks bunches for the great tutorial Riikka. I recently saw that type of canvas online and sure want to try it sometime. It was perfect for your book. What a great project. j.

Aino-Mari Kämppi said...

Just lovely project - I'm yet wondering how did you adhere those page signatures to the covers? Could you do a little video on the too..?

finnabair said...

Aino-Mari, the text is already printed on this canvas, it's Resist Canvas sheet in natural canvas and black.

Milagros C Rivera said...

So wonderful!