Greetings, my little Gorgonzolas!
I feel like I do a lot of “HMMMM I wonder if THAT would work?!!” pondering, especially when I should be folding laundry. I have three kids (one being a girl who changes her clothes 50 times a day), so that is a LOT of folding-avoidance pondering time. I also make a lot of art journals, and I am always trying to find new ways to bind them and make them fancy.
I made this Medusa heart a couple of months ago and decided I wanted to use her on a journal cover, so I had to find a creative way to bind the journal so that it would complement her without overpowering her. I love the sewn-over-tapes binding (there are tutorials all over the intertubes!) but wanted something thin and indestructible to use as the “tapes.” Remember last week when I was talking about the ideas that nag nag nag at me? Yeah, this is another one of those. I distracted it with something shiny and moved on.
A couple of weeks ago, I was pretending that there were not four baskets of laundry to fold and thinking about envelopes. I obviously don’t like folding laundry if I was thinking about envelopes, right? Well yeah, but that’s beside the point. What I was thinking about were those plastic-esque papery envelopes that are IMPOSSIBLE to rip and how that would work great for a sewn over tape binding. I then went on a hunt to figure out A) what that stuff was actually called (shockingly enough, “plastic-esque papery envelopes” didn’t result in much Google love), and B) where I could buy it without having to sneak envelopes out of the Post Office.
I discovered the magic stuff is called Tyvek and also discovered that you can buy it, print on it, and sew on it, so I assumed I could also print on it. I picked some colors that matched Medusa, dragged out my Gelli plate and a few Crafter’s Workshop stencils, took a deep breath and got to printin’.
I cut my Tyvek into 2-inch strips lengthwise and sewed them together so that I had two super long strips that would wrap completely around my journal.
I then began the laborious process of cutting paper, folding paper, punching holes, and sewing. This is unglamorous and boring and usually causes me to either accidentally fling my scissors across the room or spill tea all over my computer. Dangerous.
Once it was all bound with the covers attached, I used heavy body gesso and the Penrose Quasicrystal stencil to give Medusa a place to land. Heavy body gesso works like modeling/molding paste, but it dries a little faster and bright white. It does seem to seep under the stencil a little easier, but, say it with me, WE ARE NOT ROBOTS. Imperfection is awesome.
I love all of the different textures and colors and how the Penrose stencil brings it all together! Here is the finished journal:
Another project evicted! Woo!