The Joker Book

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.”
Virginia Woolf
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This is the front cover of the journal. Now you see the Joker that inspired the name. Thank you to Lauren for the retro playing cards and thank you to Sue for the pretty green & gold paper. 

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Inside, front cover, part of a slow journaling page {video tutorial}. The slow journaling pages are stitched {instead of drawing the lines}, then painted with gouache, then lettered with a dip pen and ink.

Inside, front cover, part of a slow journaling page {video tutorial}. The slow journaling pages are stitched {instead of drawing the lines}, then painted with gouache, then lettered with a dip pen and ink.

Part of a slow journaling page and a wild neon pink mandala in Golden fluid acrylics on black paper. 

Part of a slow journaling page and a wild neon pink mandala in Golden fluid acrylics on black paper. 

This is the center of the journal... really psyched to see how the teeny tiny green papers popped on a black background. 

This is the center of the journal... really psyched to see how the teeny tiny green papers popped on a black background. 

The last page and the inside back cover. 

The last page and the inside back cover. 

To make this journal, I cut Strathmore watercolor paper and black paper. The journal is 15.5" x 5" when open so about 7.75" x 5" closed. I kept the cut papers in a stack in the sewing room, figuring that I would add stuff to the pages and then put it all together. I added collage or writing or doodles to the pages before the entire journal was sewn together because it's easier to maneuver the pages under the sewing needle that way. I only broke one needle in this endeavor!

So the journal is made of five strips of paper, stitched together at the seam. It's all machine stitched, so no glue at all. The very tall image is to give you a bit of reference; it shows most of the pages starting at the top with the front cover and the bottom photo is of the back cover. It's about 75% finished, but still a number of blank spaces to fill.