Friday, August 15, 2014

My handmade Journal for DLP

Some of you have been asking how I made my DLP journal. Here goes:

I used Canson 15x11" 140lb watercolor paper, with each sheet folded in half.

To prepare my journal for binding, I used this method: How to Make a Sketchbook: Coptic Stitch.

To bind all the pages, I plan on doing this: Coptic Stitch Binding Tutorial

The only reason I haven't bound it yet is because I haven't taken the time! In hindsight, this is better for working in, because even though the Coptic Stitch binding method gives me a lay-flat binding, I won't have to wrestle with trying to have a flat surface to work on. As the book gets thicker and thicker, the more I'd get frustrated with an uneven surface. To work on my pages, I just grab one month at a time. I do wish every now and then that my book was all intact, especially to carry it around and when people want to see it. :)

My daughter and I made a video where I page through my pages, showing each signature and some more little details. Nothing grand or professional looking about the video, but it'll give you an idea of my set up. :P At about 1:20, I show the folded pieces of watercolor pages.

My bubbles page:

Watercolor paper
Neocolor II water-soluble wax crayons
Black marker, fine-tipped (I used Sharpie)
White paint pen (I used Painters)


1. With the wax crayons, randomly color different circles, pressing hard, and then softly coloring in the middles. Cover the whole page with multiple colors, not paying too much attention to placement, as long as you don't leave huge gaps in between circles.

2. Wet brush, dissolve the color in the circles, focusing on allowing water to pool to one side of each circle. Try to collect the color in the same spots of each circle. Let brush touch the dark outlined part of each circle to bring in lots of vivid color into the circle. Let dry THOROUGHLY.

3. Outline each circle with the black marker, attempting to not touch the actual circle. Doodle another circle around the first one, being careful to not overlap the other circles. So some circled outlines will be behind others, depending how close the circles are to each other. Do it randomly, in no particular order. I started at the bottom, and kind of moved to the top, to the edge, but really no particular order. Important that you keep it random.

4. Color in the little gaps with black.

5. Add dots to each circle with the white paint pen, ensuring you add the dots to the same side of each circle. I painted them all on the right side, but it doesn't matter which side you choose, as long as they are consistently on one side. See photo. Let dry.

And you're done! Easy peasy, just a little time consuming, right?


Haha, looking at the close-up, I noticed I missed a few areas with the white paint pen. Perfectionism kills creativity, I will just say. ;P

Let me know if I missed any details, and I love questions!
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  1. Very Very neat how you are making your book. I love this spread. So colorful. You are going to have an amazing book at the end of the year. It inspires me to want to try one of my own....maybe.

  2. Your book is gorgeous! I've been thinking of doing a separate journal for each month next year. Inspiring to see how yours is coming together! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anna, I absolutely LOVE your journal! Such a great idea to bind them all together in the end! Your layout is fantastic & your style is beautiful! Thanks for the video! Hope you do more in the future!
    PS LOVE your pick of background music! One of my favorite songs...ohhhh, with every act of love...we bring the kingdom come!

  4. Thanks so much for your lovely comments, @Sunnyside Up, @Michelle LaPoint Rydell, and @Cody Doll! I truly appreciate it. It's all of you who keep me going on this large project. :)

  5. I LOVE how you created your planner for this year. IT's wonderful!!!! thanks for sharing

  6. It's great to have you, as a believer and talented artist as one of our moderators and participants. Thanks for sharing your techniques with us!