#380 Ways of Wisdom Journal Walk Through

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

It's been so long ... I'm re-learning how to post! {smiles} I'll be sharing each page of this handmade
journal ... until I've shared them all!  

I had a VERY difficult time coming up with a name for this journal that stuck.  Ways of Wisdom is where I want to go ... and I hope to add more books to this collection.

The cover design is inspired by Josie Lewis Art. I follow Josie on Instagram and fell in LOVE with a giant rainbow she made ... I knew immediately I wanted to play with this design! I will be adding this design to my own toolbox ... LOVE it!

I decided to make a book jacket for this little journal because I wanted to snazz it up a bit. I tore the paper to the approximate size I needed and went longer so the flat wouldn't get in the way.

I'm super happy with both flaps.  But, I wasn't thinking! I didn't want the jacket to interfere with the front inside covers like it does.  My next book I'll design a little smarter!

It's not a HUGE deal ... but I'm looking forward to this redesign! {smiles}

This is the front inside cover on the left. The stain is from a technique i tried and the ink bled EVERYWHERE! On some pages I was able to disguise it and on pages like this ... I'm embracing it!

The back inside cover is on the right. I wasn't thinking, again, or I would have planned better! I LOVE this layout but you can only see it if you lift the flap up.  The next book I'll use sticky notes to remind myself where I'm at in the layout.

I considered painting these two covers the same as the jacket ... but I couldn't help myself.  I wanted to see what a loose watercolor in the some design style would look like.

Here you can see the spine. I hand tore each piece of watercolor paper so it would have that wonderful torn edge look.  Here's a rundown of the measurements and details:

  • I used 9 x 12 Arches 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
    • I measure and tear off ALL four straight edges of the paper
    • Every sheet is approximately 3" x 6"
    • 3 ~ 3"x 6" sheets per SIGNATURE
    • There are 4 signatures in this book
    • When closed the book is approximately 3"x 3" x 3/4" 
    • The book cover is roughly 3" x 12"

I made four signatures and used the pamphlet stitch to bind them together. Then I glued the spine and let the glue cure until good and dry. I used Modpodge.

There are LOTS of binding tutorials ... this one works best for me: Bookbinding Stitching Diagram

I hope this inspires you like it has me. I LOVE combining my quiet time with my christian tunes with my art! 

God Bless,


Supplies: Arches 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Daniel Smith Watercolors (Sets C & D from the FB Daniel Smith Watercolor Split Group, Silver Black Velvet Brushes, Mechanical Pencil, Ruler, Eraser, Sharpie Fine Point Pens (Walmart).

Inside Back Cover Stencil is Balloon Flowers by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio

For my devotions: I use Jesus Calling Morning and Evening by Sarah Young


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