BIA art journal

***Updated Sunday 27th) Me, my Bind It All and sewing machine have been busy lately. I made some nice art journals using 160 gsm, acid-free sketch paper and 6 sheets of 300 gsm (each), water colour papers. They’re just shy of A5 and nicely filled with 30 sheets of paper in total. The front and back are made from mountboard covered with papers I created by printing text from The Water Babies onto A3 paper (took two sheets) and removing various invisible characters, eg, the carriage return characters or Pilcrows, to use the technical term for them. That was done with Indesign and, off the top of my head, I don’t know how to do that in other packages. I know Quark Xpress will let you do that easily so am guessing lots of others do, too.

Then it was over to the BIA and the holes were punched and the books were bound etc. To finish the birdie one off, I stitched an applique bird from some fabric I bought recently (made the graphics tablet cover posted here recently from it) onto some pure cream cotton. A good stitch density but still very soft. The piece was stitched onto some wadding and hot glued to the front cover. I love that the books are my own work and are just lovely for sketching and painting. The stitching below is a work-in-progress and will cover the next one (already being prepared). I haven’t snipped the little cotton tails off but you can see how it’s shaping up. Still haven’t finished this one but have the covers and inner pages ready so shouldn’t take long! (We’ll see).

Off to enjoy the sun that’s still gorgeous and warm here! Maybe a glass of wine in the garden later after the potted plants have been watered. A gentle way to relax after a busy day.

**** I have written up the instructions for how I made my journal in PSF format. It’s free  – just leave a comment and I’ll e-mail it to you straight away. *****

Hugs, Hels

Bind It All with brads and blings and doodle things

Okay. One brad. No bling and a bit light on the doodle things.

This week I’ve been spending time in the attic room, shut away like some mad aunt in a Victorian novel, doodling, sewing, stamping and even using the Bind It All which I’ve had for a couple of years but rarely give time of day.

Feeling bored I tackled the matter of some pages for a BIA book I made ….. over a year ago.
I started by using the hard covers from some posh water colour pads I had. They were guillotined down and covered with papers I had stamped with ruffly butterflies. I never remember or take much notice of the brands or names of stamps but you’ll probably recognise them.

Stage two was the creation of the inner pockets. They were folded over, stitched down the sides and stamped.

The tags were first created in Illustrator and I used the Offset Path function to create a smaller inner copy. These were cut out using my Crafty Robot, whose precision eye and cutting accuracy surpasses mine a little bit. Ahem. Slight understatement  there. The smaller tag was stitched onto the larger one. I used ribbon  through the tops of the tags to make them easier to pull out from the pockets.

I used the fancy H, drawn using Illustrator and used on the making bubbles tutorial image and other things on my blog, on another tag and stuck on with dimensionals (is that what they’re called?).

Some blank, lined and squared paper (my favourite – reminds me of doing tens and units…) were added in between pockets.

Then the BIA tool punched the binding holes and squished the wires through to make the book.

My lovely assistant Fred the Ted can be seen here showing the cover of the BIA book. For those offended by nudity, please don’t look. Fred never wears clothes and enjoys sitting under an open window on sunny days feeling the breeze on his fur.

And here is a look at a couple of inner pages:

He was modest enough to cover himself for the photoshoot. But let’s just say he has an all over tan.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...