The top of the spine needed a little repair, but it's only the outer covering, and easily fixed by some wide tape. This has stood up fine so far.
The covers are nicely blank for future creative inspiration. I usually leave decorating covers til the end of a project, although my recent experience with preparing my daily journal cover has been inspiring and I may do this one soon. I am pretty much at the middle page in the book.
1. The paper had to be thick enough to withstand wet mixed media treatment. There were a couple of fold-out pages in the book, so I was able to tear one out to experiment with dylusions sprays - they turned out a lovely colour with no treatment on the page, and no bleeding through.
Since then I have had no problem with bleeding with ANY media!
2. The pages need to be stitched into their binding - this will help with the journal staying together as I use it without pages falling out (wet media can weaken glued bindings), but also I can tear pages out if the journal gets too thick - based on how it looks so far I think I'll be okay since I am not adding heaps of dimension to my pages.
3. I love text, but didn't want the distraction of too many illustrations - this book had coloured plates that were attached with a thin line of glue which made them easy to remove.
4. I thought I would like to work larger - these pages measure 13 1/4" (34cm) x 9 1/2" (24cm) - that makes a spread of 13 1/4" x 19".
I used this journal for everything in 2016 - see my Flickr folder of all the spreads HERE. One of the joys is the discovery of appropriate words in your background. These are a couple of examples from last year : prompts from OLW 2016
- this was so serendipitous I didn't even notice "grace and beauty" until after I'd done the pencil drawing ♥
So now I head into 2017 art - this was my first page in this journal for the year alongside the next in the spread (I am daily journaling in a different journal this year)
Love that you can still see the text behind the completed letters. Click on any photo to better see those kind of details. Looking forward to sharing what happens in the rest of this altered art journal. I've already started a new Flickr album for that HERE.