Asemic Journal

The Asemic frenzy is still going strong! I decided to create a Asemic Writing Art Journal.

Asemic Journal

Asemic 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.

Asemic Writing spreads

Asemic Writing spreads

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.

Gelli printed asemic pages

Gelli printed asemic pages

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.

Coptic Binding

Coptic Binding

A couple of pages in the book before I start using it and on the last I doodled on the wallpaper!

First page

Pink journal pageDoodled wallpaper

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