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.
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.
But 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 one—I just wanted to see a finished book!—but the rest of this batch of journals will have hand-sewn headbands and ribbon bookmarks, as well.