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6 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Needle Technique

    • 4. Stitch it!

    • 5. Cover

    • 6. Make Your Own

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Hello! Here's a quick class on how you can make your own journal.

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Nina Hidalgo



Philippine-based miniature painter, Nina Hidalgo has been painting in tiny journals and canvases since 2018. Initially a watercolor calligrapher, Nina incorporated her watercolor skills with her fondness for miniatures bringing about a perfect combination of her two passions.

Nina's progress into miniature painting allowed her to encourage enthusiasts to continue making art no matter how small. Join her mini challenge #MiniArtventure #NTHMiniChallenge on her social media accounts.



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1. Welcome!: Hello, I am Nina Hidalgo, a miniature artists from the Philippines. I started as a watercolor calligrapher in 2016 and had been PMA in miniature since early 2018. As a child, I was very fond of collecting tiny random things. And I thought it would be perfect to combine my two most favorite things to do, miniature Arts. For those of you who have been following me on other social media platforms, I knew for sure that you will be familiar with what you will see in this class. But for the new students, welcome and a helping you find joy with today's grafting session. This class is very special because we are going to make a DIY journal. And not just that, it's actually approved by quiver Smith's Philippines. They are the people behind my handmade journals. At the end of this class, you will be able to make your own adorable journal which can be helpful for your art journey. I am so ecstatic to share with you the step-by-step process of this project. So let's get started. 2. Materials: The materials that we need are cutting mat or anything. You may use the protected table you're working on. A ruler, pencil, a cutter, a bone folder, or you can use the ruler that you have. If you are a CAD, I recommend for you to be supervised by an adult. And if you are an adult, this activity is more fun when you do it with friends or family. We'd also need measles. It would depend on how thick your beeper is. Since I will be using a 300 GSM watercolor paper, the needle that is suited is two times bigger than the regular one. And since my paper is a bit thick, I am going to be needing a dotting tool to indicate where we punch the needle. Regular sewing thread is okay. Beepers, letter, cloth, and wood glue. 3. Needle Technique: I am making a journal which is four times bigger than my usual. It's size is ten centimeters by ten centimeters. Notice that the other side may be praised nickel. It can also have it that way or clean up the edges. I signature is a set of pages, but together that makes one small segment of the book. In crafting and bookbinding. Each signature is usually four to seven pages, which are individually. They ended the book. Since I have a thick paper, I'll only have two folded sheets per signature, which makes it a total of four pages. Before we proceed, always be careful, okay? If you're wondering how long the thread must be, I'd like to keep it 24 inch long because it's going to be challenging if it's longer than that, you can probably maize the length of the thread two, how much patients you think it possess. Kidding aside, keep it 24 inch long for now. One of my favorite techniques is when you have to put a knot at the end of the thread, which I am so happy to share with you. I have inserted the other end of the thread to earn email. And we'd like to gobble it. Moving the other and meet the other end. Hold the needle and the other two ends apart. Put the two ends of a thread on the middle part of the needle. And the wounded at least two times secured a coil thread by pinching it, then pull it towards the end of the thread. 4. Stitch it!: I poked each signature four times, which is two centimeters apart to make it easier for us later. Of course, I use the dotting tool. If you are using a thin papers, then it won't be necessary to use the tool, but you can leave marks. So you know where you'd been me, Bill, shit go. This is called the cattle speech. We begin from the inside, going out and coming back in, entering the second hole, then going out the third hole and coming back in on the fourth row. Now we are going to close the open areas by going out of the third hole from the inside and coming into the second hole. In going back out from the first hole, like a series f connected number. Imagine How did, and as we have y in the k hat, I knew it. And the first thing that you're ready for, the next one got the next signature. Now we begin from the outside, coming into the first hole. Then going out of the second hole from the inside, you may tighten it, but not too much. Soda paper won't be torn apart. Insert the needle on the second stage of the first signature. Then make a little U-turn, inserting the needle to the first stage of the first signature. And we close it by coming into the second hole of our second signature. If your thread gets entangle, losing it a bit, and check all sides to see if it formed a knot or got tangled somewhere. Now go out of the third hole from the inside and do the same. You turned up until the last toll. We're going to add the next signatures by doing the same procedure. We are now going to close the book by burning the last signature. This is my signature. Basically we want to do a U turn and close it. It's like making a cursive. Oh, and very haven't. We now have an IEP signature TOR. Now, let's move on to adding the copper. 5. Cover: You can definitely were used any leather you got. It may be from an old planner or unused bag. The thickness of my book, which has eight signatures, is one inch plus the width is 9.20 meters and the length of 6.8 centimeters. I'd like to leave some allowance, so my cover is 24 centimeters in width and 7.1 centimeters in height. You can have at least one centimeter allowance for the cover. I like this side pockets of this cover. So I'm cutting some parts, but I'm leaving the site. Let's fit the book into the letter and see how it would look like leader on. I recommend using wood glue because it doesn't have that strong Sam, that little remnant of God is in the middle, has the same size as how thick the book is because it will serve as the spine. You're the IRA journal would be a super highway journal, if you please, this tiny piece of cloth before the actual cover. When I will do is to put the wood glue directly onto the cloth. Well, I have two pieces because it's kind of thin. So please do the same using a current bind. Apply the wood glue under cloth in this area. Take a 15-minute break and let it dry. We are now applying the wood glue on the outer part of the cloth, which we are going to stick to the leather cover. It won't get glued as fast as when we use a heating glue gun. So we have to put all the way down to this buying glue, these sides of the letter to the paper and plays something heavy on top, then leave it for another 15 minutes. Now, I will just ditch decide buckets for the finishing touch. I hope you enjoy this class and I am looking forward to senior projects. Stay safe. 6. Make Your Own: Now that you have your own meanings, Arno, let me show you one of the many things he can do with it. Well, so what your job stand a chance with my class.