Make-Your-Own Art Journal - Project #184
Time: 2-3 Class Periods
Cleanup: Soap & Water
Cleanup: Soap & Water
12x18" Mixed Media Paper
Extra Strength Glue Sticks
Cover Decorating Materials (optional)
Decorative Paper (optional)
Create a unique journal with Multi-Media Paper, muslin and corrugated board. This project also has an instructional video available!
Step 1Fold 25 sheets of 12x18" Art1st Mixed Media Art Paper paper in half to 9x12". A bone folder makes a nice, crisp edge. This example makes a 96-page journal.
Step 2Insert five sheets together to make a 10-page "signature". Do this four more times to make five 10-page signatures.
Step 3Make a hole template. Use a needle tool to punch holes in the center fold for all five signatures. The template keeps all the holes in the same place. The holes in this example are at 1/2", 2-1/2", 5", 7", 9-1/2" and 11-1/2".
Step 4String the five signatures together. See our YouTube video for a full description of this process.
Step 5Optional: Attach decorative "end paper" to the front and back pages. Wrap the spine with an additional sheet of Multi-Media Paper to reinforce the binding. The signature book will be attached directly to the cover.
Step 6Cut an 18x26" sheet of muslin. The muslin will make a good, durable cover that takes decoration well. This example is painted with acrylic washes so the texture of the muslin can still be seen.
Step 7Cut a front and back cover out of corrugated cardboard that is 1/4" wider than the book. Cut out a spine as well. Glue the cardboard to the muslin leaving a 1/4" gap between the spine and the covers. Trim the muslin to 2" around the edge. Cut notches in the corners and glue the flaps down on the inside covers.
Step 8To finish, glue the end papers (or the first and last pages, if there are no end papers) to the corrugated cardboard inside the jacket.
- Art1st Mixed Media Art Paper Reams - 12x18" (P-4833)
- Art1st Mixed Media Art Paper - 12x18" (P-4843)
- Darice Crafter's Toolbox 100% Polyester String (DAR-48658)
- Elmer's Extra Strength Glue Sticks - 0.28 oz., 24-count (E-E554)
- Elmer's Extra Strength Glue Sticks - 0.28 oz., 2-count (E-E526)
- Flipside 32x40-inch Brown Kraft Corrugated Sheets (FPI-32405)
- Unbleached Muslin (J-6704505)