I ruined some prints today while printing..and decided to make some duct tape art journals…I started with 2 pieces of 8 x 8 cardboard and some colored duct tape
I taped the back and front on the edge of cardboard
Then I added my art piece on the cover with a glue stick..I use a lot of glue and put it on very smoothly..
come back tomorrow to see the rest of the process…!
then to add the pages..you cut paper the size of the journal as it is laid out flat…so actually double the page size…make as many pages as you like, and since they will be folded the number of pages will be double..
I filled the white signatures with different size and color pages for interest….you then need to poke holes through the duck tape binding…I use a template so the holes match my signatures..
the tool is called an awl and it is very pointy with a nice handle..just use the tip to poke a hole in the duck tape wherever you put the marking with your template..then use the template to mark the signatures and put the holes through each page
you sew through the binding and the signatures with bookbinding thread, ribbon or embroidery thread…you need the large embroidery needle if you are going to use the thread..if you use ribbon you can push it through with the awl…(there are many ways to book bind and if you Google that term you will find hundreds of styles and binding techniques..I prefer this one as it is just a basic stitch , is very strong, and makes it simple for me..you can get as elaborate as you like and quite honestly there are so many binding styles and all are just gorgeous to look at..but for me this is the simple technique I use)
I just tie in the center and triple know the thread or ribbon…in this pic I used only 2 holes..Ive also used three and four
this one has three holes…it is an 8 x 8 journal so I felt that it need more..depending on how many signatures you have..you will need to space the holes an adequate space apart on the duck tape..notice here how I divided up the space for the holes on the duct tape, then added signatures accordingly
I cut the edges of my pages for interest and uniqueness…
I decorated some edges..and Im still not done yet i will add more journaling spots..fold outs..maybe an envelope or two…and whatever else may fancy me..If you have any questions please respond here in the comments section..I will get back to you ASAP..sorry I dont have any videos yet..I have tried to video and I dont really have a great setup, with good light or accessibility..Im working on it and as soon as I get set up in my house I will work on making video tutorials..Thank You so much..!
here are some more pages that I add within a signature…these are gelli pages and I put them between 140 lb watercolor paper..I use that and bristol board, brown paper bag…cardstock, mixed media paper, and any paper you like including wrapping paper, ledger paper, line paper, old book pages, etc..anything that you can fold and alter is perfect…!