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"Ideas" Hand made Journal

This is the little journal entitled "Ideas" which I made at the same time as the other one the same size, which is called "The Story of the beautiful."

Once again it is a tiny journal, it is approx 7.5 cm by 9.5 cm. Just under 2 cm deep. 3 in by  3 3/4  in by approx  1/2 in deep.

Once again I have incorporated many different techniques into the making of this journal; including the use of ephemera, gel prints, drawing, painting, mark making, collage and digital prints. The cover, front and back has been made to look old and worn. 

It has 12 (heavy weight watercolour paper) pages, (24 sides), and most pages are  fully rendered, you can however write your thoughts or quotes on the pages, (especially effective if you use a white gel pen).

The book  has been Coptic stitched so it will sit flat when you are working in it.

 I have stitched the Coptic stitch with natural waxed Irish linen thread.

This is what it looks like inside and out.

I retain all copyright restrictions to these images. Linda E Clarke 2017.

"The Story Of the Beautiful" Journal

This is the smallest little journal I have made so far. I am really enjoying working small and seeing how much detail I can fit into my tiny books. This little journal has incorporated many different techniques, including the use of ephemera, gel prints, drawing, painting, mark making, collage and digital prints.

It is a tiny journal, it is approx 7.5 cm by 9.5 cm. Just under 2 cm deep. (3 in by 3 3/4  in by approx  1/2 in deep).

I like to wonder how people will use the little books I create. Some might not write anything in them, others might use it as a tiny journal for their big thoughts, and recently I had the privilege of seeing how one customer used it as a place to write quotes which were particularly meaningful to her. This spurs me on to create more. Each little book is a labour of love and it is wonderful to be able to send them out into the world for others to enjoy.

Here are the images from this journal.

The journal is in my Etsy shop here

I retain copyright for these images.

Linda E Clarke 2017

How things grow

Another little journal has evolved out of the mountain of paper and imagery which surrounds me, paper that has been created or collated by me. If there is an old piece of paper or ephemera which is in need of a home it will always find a home with me. In fact one of my favourite things is going to local second hand, (or as we call them in Australia "op shops") and seeing what treasure has been deposited recently. If you want to start finding interesting paper of your own, begin with the drawers and cupboards in your house, or better still your parents house and find a treasure trove of handwritten envelopes, and the old worn tatters from days gone by. One thing I would encourage you to do if you are using imagery is to  ensure that the images you use are out of print and copyright free.

This little journal has used all these things, scraps from old books, calendar numbers, images which I have hand painted and drawn, and especially gel prints. It  has all come together in a fat little book which is waiting to be written in with secret thoughts or encouraging quotes to live by. You can use the images as story starters or idea generators. There are 30 pages altogether, 60 sides.

These are some of the pages from this journal. A few are almost blank so you can render them yourself. I hope you like it and that it sparks some interest for you.

It is available here.

Journal, "Land and sea and sky"

This is another small journal which fits into the palm of your hand.  It has been made by using my original gel prints and  other elements such as; collage, drawing, hand made stamps, or paint on a watercolour paper substrate It can be considered as a fully rendered journal or you can add to it yourself using text or image.

There are 30 pages, (60 sides) in the journal. It measures 8.5 cm by 11 cm, or 3 1/4 in by  just under 4 1/2 inch.

The front and back hardcovers have also been covered with gel prints. It has been stitched in 5 signatures by using Coptic stitch with natural waxed linen thread.

Here are some images of the inside.

It is available here.

I retain all rights to these original images.