I love handmade art journals! I am not as keen about making them as I am working in them. I do it because I love the results. The ultimate custom work for your own needs is pretty hard to beat.
This first one was inspired by a pad of beautiful Italian paper I bought in a pad. It is a lovely ivory colour and has a deckled edge. I simply folded it in half and used the full size of the sheet.
I painted the outside sheet of each signature with my Gelli plate in fresh spring colours and used the Coptic stitch to bind it. The covers are birch panels from the art store and it was also painted with the Gelli plate.
This journal is made to explore using Yupo. Yupo is a synthetic paper made from resin. The cover is actually Terraskin which is a similar paper made from limestone and resin only thicker. This cover was also painted using my trusty Gelli plate. The strap is just a left over scrap of the Terraskin. I used the long stitch binding method for this journal.