Saw on Google’s front page that it would have been Audrey Hepburns 85th birthday today and decided to draw charcoal sketch inspired by her in my new big sketch book.
The Asemic frenzy is still going strong! I decided to create a Asemic Writing Art Journal.
The paper I used for my journal is old wallpaper catalogs. I ripped out the pages that spoke to me and cut them to equal size (22×44 cm / ~9×18 Inches). I folded each wallpaper in half and decided in what order I wanted them to be. I then scribbled asemic writing on the back of one paper and continued over to the next signature so that they would look like one spread when I bound the journal. I expect this journal to be very free and maybe a bit messy so I did not paint nor gesso the back of the wallpapers before I started writing on them. I let the details of the wallpaper written on the back show, at least for now.
After the asemic writing step I decided to gelli print over the asemic writing on some of the pages to get the journal started! I printed the adjacent pages in the same patterns and colors to keep the feel of it being a spread intact.
Then it was time to bind the book! I used a coptic stitch and had just one folded page in each signature. If you want to try coptic stitching there are heaps of good tutorials on YouTube. I wanted to use black thread for binding but i didn’t have any good black thread at home so I bound it with a doubled extra strong sewing thread. It worked good on the thicker pages but it ripped one of the thinner pages while I was binding it. I reinforced the middle of that signature with masking tape and could bind it in without problems.
A couple of pages in the book before I start using it and on the last I doodled on the wallpaper!