Because 2020 is the year to go deep, use existing arts and crafts supplies, I took inspiration from dollicandy and made my own watercolor journal. When we met up, she showed us that she made one for her studies, etc. I hoarded a good amount of watercolor sheets and it was perfect for a watercolor journal. The goal is for me to start looking at my progress and also compile notes on the art I am making.
I’ve mostly used separate sheets of paper when I make artworks and so I lose them. This time, I am hoping that this journal would be thick enough for a year’s worth of artworks and notes.
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First time in forever to use coptic bonding and I suck 😂 but I now have a new watercolor journal. Thanks to @dollicandy for the inspiration to try again. Learned stuff like use a curved needle next time, also remember to not sew the last signature before the cover, etc. For the cover, I used old boards from sketch pads and old practice paper and the special paper from @agnesmanalo_ so that my journal is pretty 💖💖💖 #diy #journals #crafting #handmade #copticbinding
Why coptic binding? The nice thing about coptic binding is that the you could lay it flat, making it easier/convenient for art practice. It takes a while getting used to it, I think. I have yet to make another coptic binding stitch journal to have a better grasp at doing it. The journal I made has a weird spine because of the way I sometimes doubled the loop, and I also had to “fix” a mistake I made.
Things I learned about coptic binding:
- Use a curved needle/mattress/upholstery needle so that it’s easier to maneuver.
- Double check the signatures. Put numbers on the upper right corner so you know that they’re the upper side and also the order in which you’d sew them together.
- Be aware of when you loop and the direction of the loop you make at the spine when you’re stitching.
- Remember to NOT stitch the last signature normally. Double check the instructions for stitching the last signature and the cover.
Other thoughts about crafting this:
- If you don’t have bone folder, maybe use the backside of the paper cutter or use a metal ruler to smoothen the crease of the paper for the signatures you will fold.
- If you don’t have an awl, consider looking for an icepick or a nail to poke holes into the paper and cover. But do make sure you’re using a cutting mat or some kind of material that can take the punching of holes so you don’t ruin your table. Be careful not to puncture your fingers.
- Make sure you have illustration board or something similarly thick to use as covers so that they’re sturdy.
- Someday I hope to use my leather stash as cover for the journal. It would look so pretty.
If you want to make your own journal using coptic binding, here’s a link to the video I used as a reference.