spirograph journal

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At last! I finally made a hardbound journal using my Spirograph-inspired fabric, printed by the magicians at spoonflower.com

The first design was reworked after I ordered a small proof and could see where things needed fixing. This second version has more intense blacks, more colour contrast, and I cleaned up some of my insipid painting by covering it over with vector decals, textures, as well as cut-outs from other paintings of mine. I used Picmonkey, Gimp, and Inkscape. I also chose to print the design as a mirrored tile on Spoonflower, so on some of the journals the design has been flipped left-to-right.

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The Saltwater Craft Fair is looming on Sunday the 29th, and I have to focus on getting more journals and sketchbooks bound before then…it’s been very difficult to find the time to do anything, as I have been working more days these past weeks, and our houseboat is leaning against the Dinah Beach wharf for a bit of maintenance at the same time.

What’s that like? Every time the tide goes out, the boat sits in the sucking, stinky mud and leans against a concrete wall; everything slides off the tables, drawers fly open, the path to the bedroom becomes a slope, and we sleep in the trench formed by the bed and the wall… like pigs in a wallow. It’s no fun, but a necessary evil while Kris grinds and welds the hull of the boat for two weeks.

UntitledBut what the heck, I love my newest journal. The colours are glorious. I love the detail, love the whole idea of designing fabric specifically for use as book cover material. And I love, love, love spoonflower mightily for making this incredible creative power available to me. Never go away!

Like the others, this journal measures 4 3/4″ x 6 1/4″, has 120 leaves (240 pages) of 120 gsm. acid-free Bianco Flash paper, and is sewn onto cotton twill tapes with 25/3 linen thread. There are two layers of made endpapers, in contrasting colours. I was too excited to add them to this oneβ€”I just wanted to see a finished book!β€”but the rest of this batch of journals will have hand-sewn headbands and ribbon bookmarks, as well.

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26 thoughts on “spirograph journal

    1. Thanks, Hanna! I love your art journal pages and collages, and your daily photo series has me hooked! I read it in my e-mail, so I don’t comment much at all, but be assured that I read every new post! πŸ™‚

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          1. Oh yeah, I forgot about the fire hydrant one too! But yes, it would look so adorable if I had one each of the dogs and a red fire hydrant next to them on the couch!

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  1. LOVE this design!!! I’m sure you’ll sell loads of these at your upcoming fair. Good luck with your prep!
    Can I ask, what is spoonflower? I’ve seen it mentioned quite a few places but have no idea what it is!
    Donna x
    Ps what’s the latest date I could order a journal from you to get to uk before Christmas time?

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    1. Hello, Donna! Thank you, sweet lady πŸ™‚ Spoonflower is a company in the US that prints fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap paper, and adhesive decals, from designs that people upload. You can order as little as an 8-inch square or fat quarter of the design. You can order other people’s designs, or your own. There are so many amazing ways that you can use this service, the mind boggles. It takes a little understanding of print resolutions, and some number crunching if you want to get your design to print a specific size, but is otherwise so simple to use and order from.

      Do check them out! http://www.spoonflower.com

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