Art journal · Gel printing · Mixed media

100 Days | Bookbinding

I’ve finally wrapped up my 100 days of art sessions. Literally – by binding all the art journal pages into a book!

100 Days Art Journal | Bookbinding | Anita

I mentioned last time that I hadn’t thought of the covers earlier, so I got an extra session from making the covers for the book. I used a single sheet to make both front and back covers in one shot, and cut it in half when I was satisfied with the look. In this session, I started with gelprinting, and then used metallic acrylics and normal acrylics with stencils. I hand-lettered the title on scrap paper from previous gelprints, fussy-cut it, glued it on, and outlined it using watercolor pencils and fineliners.

For the bookbinding, I used coptic stitch – I didn’t deviate much from the video tutorial by Jennifer (SeaLemon), other than to bind the top and bottom sections separately. I can’t wait to try out other stitches – I think I like bookbinding! πŸ™‚

100 Days Art Journal and Tags | Anita

I’d made a tag in my previous session thinking that I’ll use it on the cover, but I forgot about it, and now it joins the other ‘free’ tags. I wasn’t able to find a way to safely store the tags in the journal, say, by creating a pocket for them. Two of the tags are pretty dimensional, and that makes it hard to find space for them. For now, I’ve just attached them to a slightly elastic crochet chain, which I then wrapped around the book. If you have any ideas for storing all tags with the journal, I’d love to hear it!

I thought it’d be nice to make a montage of all the 100 sessions that my goal entailed –

100 Days | Art Journal | Anita
Everyone together now!

What next?

I’m now back to my normal pace of creating. I’ve been going through the videos from Creative Jumpstart 2020, and they’ve started out great. I already have a couple of ideas from there that I’ll want to try out this year.

What are you up to in the new year?

This is the final post in my 100 Days of Art Journaling series. Check out other posts in this series!

8 thoughts on “100 Days | Bookbinding

  1. Yay! I am really glad that you got to do this, and more importantly, complete it, moreover, on time too! Way to go, sis! Love all the pages, your art, the book and the bookbinding too! πŸ˜€

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  2. Happy New Year, Anita! Congratulations on your 100 days of Art book. What an amazing journey you had! I love seeing all the pages together in one place. You did an awesome job on this goal. You should be very proud of yourself. I look forward to seeing what you create in 2020! My goals for this year are to finish all my WIP’s. I will keep you posted on my blog πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you, Ginny, I’m definitely incredibly happy that I managed to (mostly) stick to my goal! I look forward to 2020, and to checking out your progress on all of your WIPs. πŸ™‚

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  3. Congratulations, Anita, for finishing so beautifully your 100 day art challenge. The final binding of the book looks amazing as well. And I’m sure the feeling of having completed such a beautiful book must be amazing as well.
    I’ve also started my year full of creative energy and I intend to spend more time creating and being productive than being distracted… even though my distractions could be considered educational…
    Have a beautiful and blissful day!

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    1. Thank you very much for those wonderful words, Mihaela! Looking at the completed book does feel great. πŸ™‚
      Educational distractions are something that I hope come my way often. πŸ™‚ I wish you a productive and creatively satisfying year ahead.

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