it’s getting messy around here. paper is flying. guerilla book making at its finest is taking place, with me at the helm.
i wasn’t planning to cover up these fantastic book covers.
but i did. i slathered them in glue and stuck paper on top.
i sewed several plain sheets of the josef frank wallpaper in as pages. i’ll probably leave the design alone, but add writing/drawing/collage to the back.
there are many foldouts.
i knew i would need a closure of some sort because this is a BIG sketchbook/travel journal and it will get fatter. the cardboard covers were so easy to punch through with my trusty japanese screw punch. i remember thinking it was expensive when i bought it, but i have used it a zillion times and never once replaced any of the tips. they are sharp as ever.
all swedish wallpaper on the cover from boråstapeter by way of ingrid. they are sweden’s oldest wallpaper company.
the red dotted paper came from my last trip to scandinavia, it is norwegian. very thick with a rough texture.
it’s quite possibly the plainest travel journal i’ve ever made. i used a coptic stitch and a case binding. i bumbled my way through the process and needed some duct tape to clean up some rough edges. as i’ve said before, i need a travel journal that can be tossed out a train window and caught by a daredevil speeding by in the sidecar of a motorcycle. like that. STURDY.
when it came time to attach the button i had a good team of advisors.
as a consequence of winging it and not measuring, some of the pages extend beyond the covers.
precision & accuracy are not my forte.
i’ll find some delectable label to add to the front once i arrive in sweden. once i figure out which art supplies i’ll travel with i’ll show you! probably just a small case of watercolors, a few gouache, and a few good pens. i’m travelling light.
i’ll also do a flip through on my IG once i’m ready to hit the road so you can get a good idea of what it looks like BEFORE it gets filled up. capiche?
i’ll be adding some lettering to the spine before i go.
with his permission, i’d like to show you some of his notebooks. prepare to be amazed.
he is terribly clever. if you read some of his posts you’ll see why. i particularly enjoyed the one about his proposal for improving the barcelona skyline.
josé’s notebooks are deceptively tiny. i don’t know how he crams so much interestingness onto a page. i like the way he separates some of his text into columns. in a way it reminds me of the way judy wise keeps her visual journals. such attention to detail!
i do love a well-developed sense of humor.
this pic is from his instagram feed, which i just started following. i imagine he is a continual source of delight for his mother!