I really love these boxed bundles of journal jumpstart stuff inspiration.
It starts with a handbound journal. It measures 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm), with 30 tea-dyed pages (for 60 sides). The cover is handmade grey linen paper that I bought at Calligrane in Paris. The wraparound cover ties with fawn sari silk. The binding is covered with a piece of a French dictionary page from 1826. It is truly one-of-a-kind. CLICK ON ANY PHOTO FOR A LARGER IMAGE.
Then there are the journal-keeping accessories:
- UHU glue stick
- 60 ml handmade walnut ink
- Two bamboo dip pens in various sizes
- Spritzer/mister bottle (to be filled with ink and water or acrylic paint and water to embellish pages)
- Paper bundle pack (vintage French print, handmade marbled paper, mulberry paper, Nepalese lokta, vintage blueprints on acetate, a variety of tissue papers, two oversize tags). Papers are all different but approximately 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm) and can be used in your blank book or in other mixed-media work.
This bundle makes a unique starter kit for the new diary keeper or a charming addition to the longtime journal addict’s stash.
Cost is £65 GBP plus £5 shipping. You can use the button below to Buy It Now or [read more]
Every fall I make batches of walnut ink using black walnut hulls. It is a gorgeous medium for mark making and also for painting. Recently I was messing around with walnut ink on watercolour paper and my marks started turning into the branches of strange trees. Here are some of the results. (If you click on any picture, you will get a larger, more detailed image.)
These are for sale. Each one is 5 1/2″ x 6″ and is on 300 gsm watercolour paper. £45 GBP (or £80 for two) with free worldwide shipping. Please send me an email at email@example.com or DM at Instagram @book.and.paper.arts for more [read more]
I never go anywhere without a sketchbook journal; it’s the best way to make sure you are working in it, no excuses, and using small bits of time here and there. While I usually use a most substantial journal there are times when it is too heavy to be practical, and then I want a smaller, lightweight book. But – I want it to be noteworthy, so I decorate them before taking them out. (We want compliments, don’t we?) Here is a video showing how I altered the softcover sketchbook above. Below this are some written instructions AND some high-res downloads that you can use to reproduce this book yourself.
You can usually find these soft cover journals in craft, stationery, or book stores. First I put down a messy layer of gauze. If you don’t have gauze you can use cheesecloth or other light fabric, or tissue paper, or skip this step. Over that I added a page from an old French army record book onto which I had stamped a bird’s nest. Now, you can use any page of your own that you fancy but here are some high-res scans that you can download or cut-and-paste [read more]