Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Art Journal Detail: Label with dates

I went back to my diamond stitched journal to add end-papers. The endpapers are the pages that consist of a double-size sheet folded, with one half pasted against an inside cover, and the other serving as the first free page (I glued that to the book block already sewed into the book. I usually use a thinn mulberry paper as endpaper, but that’s when they’re bound with the book block already. This time I took a piece of this awesome vintage green medallion wallpaper. I have a whole roll of this, and I love it. So I think it turned out nicely.

Art Journal Detail: End-papers and frog

I have a folder of animal images clipped from magazines, probably when I was 14 years old or so… I have image hoarder issues, I know. I thought I should at least find room for a few of my frogs. I love frogs.

Welcome to this journal friend

The first page is also made of wallpaper, a white one with a white pattern (that you can’t see in the image). I added another frog to it too. I can’t use these whole-page-images in my collages, because they’re too big. But for a page like this – perfect! The other side of the spread holds a quote and and felt flower with a sticker back:

Art Journal Detail: Felt flower
Art Journal Detail: Lightness that holds you up
Lightness holds me.

There is also a transparent pocket that I sewed in prior to binding the book. And you know how much I love to add pockets to journals and notebooks. I consider it a must-have.

Transparent pocket

Endpapers, frogs and a Pocket – adding in and enjoying the process.