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

Asemic Writing

I recently heard about Asemic Writing in a 21 Secrets Live! session with Ardith Goodwin. Asemic Writing is a sort of pseudo writing where you write something that looks like it could be written language but it doesn’t mean anything. I think the reason I fell in love with it is because it is something I’ve always done but I never knew it had a name or that other people does it too. I always love to scribble and and test pens before I start writing or drawing (even if I know the pen is working). If it is a new pen I always write a few “sentences” in asemic writing to learn a little bit about how the pen behaves and I’ve always enjoyed the way this fake writing looks. It makes me think of long lost texts that  someone wrote when they were out having an adventure or a great idea that must not be forgotten.

Asemic Writing

Asemic Writing

I got so inspired that I grabbed a bunch of ordinary printer paper and a handful of my favorite pens, pencils and even crayons.  I drew straight lines with a black marker on one page to have as a guide underneath the page I was working on and got busy doing asemic writing. The pages above is just a few of the ones I made.