©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015
You may know that I love journals and handmade books - any shape or size! I make them by the batch and always have a wonderful gift ready for whatever the occasion. Creating journals with handmade paper and castings makes them even more special. There are so many molds available from AG - pick one and follow along with the instructions below to create some of your own.
- Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
- Blender, sponges and soft towels
- AG mold #711 Gingko Leaf (or mold of your choice)
- Scraps of tan and off -white paper (think junk mail)
- Roylco Rubbing Plates (texture sheets)
- Japanese screw punch & 1/8” bit, scissors
- Scor-Pal (LOVE the new 1/8” version)
- Beacon QuickGrip™ or ZipDry™ adhesive
- Stick for spine approx. 5 ½”
- Heavy thread to match the paper for the binding
- Piece of Palm frond or bark
- A small amount of old spices and/or tiny pieces of dried grasses etc.
- Follow the instructions found in any of the AG paper making kits or books to create one sheet of tan handmade paper.
- Place the damp sheet onto the Roylco RP/TS. Use sponges or soft towels to remove the rest of the water from the sheet. This cast paper will be the cover.
- Create numerous sheets of different weights of tan, and off white handmade paper, adding spices or dried grasses to some of the sheets. (I created 5 sheets for this book).
- Create one Gingko leaf casting from tan slurry.
Assemble the journal:
- Fold and score the cover and all of the pages in half (Journal will be 5 ½ (high) x 4 ½” wide when assembled).
- Place the pages inside of the covers, mark and use the Japanese Screw Punch to create holes approx. ½” from the spine.
- Bind the journal by attaching the sticks with the heavy duty thread.
- Attach the Palm frond or bark to the center of the cover with either of the adhesive.
- Attach the Gingko leaf casting to the center of the Palm frond or bark piece.
Note: You can find a lot of videos on the internet showing how to create many different bindings.