In my exploration of book forms, I ran across a movement called "Junk Journals" and decided to make one for myself. (Actually, I will be making 9 of these since they are so much fun and I love the antique look!)
I think the definition of a junk journal is to use what you have, rather than go buy expensive pre-printed papers so I looked around and found a set of 9 small (4" x 6") hardback books I had collected almost 30 years go when I was into book collecting. They have been collecting dust on my bookshelf since then so that's the set I started with.
I wanted to make something that looked and felt old so I decided to "tea dye" some papers. I loved the way this process crinkled up the papers as they dried and gave some "heft" to my book. The papers I used were copy paper, newspaper, lined notebook paper, graph paper, brown paper bags, tags, dictionary pages, and papers I printed coupons on from JoAnn and Michaels that I never used.
Some of the pages, I further embellished by using stamp ink on the edges. Others, I left alone.
After ripping out the original pages from the small book, I reinforced the spine with masking tape and colored the edges with a marker to darken it so it blended in better. I then made signatures from the papers I collected and dyed and went to the sewing machine to stitch all the signatures to the spine.
I just kept adding signatures until the book spine was full. Then I covered the inside of the cover with some pages from the old book I had torn up.
All in all, I was very happy with the result!
Now, I'm looking in my bookshelves for more of these small, cute, hardcover books to alter into works of art.
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!