Remember my last post about the paper towel painted backgrounds? Well, I decided that I liked them so much, I was going to make something out of them or at least one.
Now mind you, I am not a journal maker or a sewing, so I combined two things I am not good at and here’s what I came up with.
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Lots of trial and error here, my friends… First off.. paper towels still rip.. Even if they are the “quicker picker upper”… they rip. I still had fun, cuz it was just plain cool.
So, basically.. took the paper towel and sewed some lace trim around the edges and backed it with another piece of cotton. I used metallic gold and turquoise thread.. and some beige for some of the inside cover. I then sewed all around the front with gold swirls.. not as easy as I thought. Then sewed another piece of fabric for the inside covers to putt batting in.. so it would be a puffy journal… Sewed 3 sides, slid in the batting and sewed up the fourth side. I took 4 pieces of watercolor paper and sized them smaller than the book size, which is about 5″ x 6”, closed. I bound the pages with wax linen thread… put fabric beads I made with some other acrylic beads to dangle on the tail. Sewed a polymer button I made to the front, highlighted with gold wax. Made a loop-di-loop string to wrap it from the the back. Does all that make sense? Did I mention that paper towels rip?
Badda Bing.. Badda Boom.. there you have it!! Quick and dirty paper towel journal.. Ok, it wasn’t quick it took me a few hours.. and my back.. oh my back..hanging over the sewing machine… glasses on.. glasses off.. change threads, change bobbins.. dog wants to pee.. string in my hair.. now I gotta pee. Fuhgedaboudit!!
My thoughts: I will definitley give this another try. I wouldn’t use a paper towel again, but there are other non-fabric materials to use.. I think of Tyvek envelope paper for my first thought. Of course leather is just..well, perfect.
I’m sure the front of this journal will not hold up if I abuse it, but it’s only for play… I think I will try to seal it with gel medium to make it stronger.
I’ve been playing with some used coffee filters. Oh messy and vintagy.. love it. I’ll be showing those soon.
I also finished my textured canvas piece that I showed in the same blog post I linked above; that’s also coming up.
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