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Gypsy Journals: Explore bookmaking + mixed media

teacher avatar Lucie Duclos, Design + Mixed Media

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Gathering

    • 4. Inside Pages

    • 5. Cover Collage

    • 6. Book Cloth

    • 7. Stitch Binding

    • 8. Altering

    • 9. Beading

    • 10. Thank you

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About This Class


Join Lucie Duclos on a bookmaking journey and create a themed journal using old books, collage papers and recycled treasures.

In this class you will learn a basic bookbinding technique and how to explore a concept using found materials. You will learn how to:

  1. Develop a theme and gather your pages
  2. Collage a stunning cover using a simple grid
  3. Use book cloth and bind your book with a 3 holes pamphlet stitch
  4. Alter your pages using mixed media techniques
  5. Add a little beading and finishing touches

Gypsy Journals are a little free-spirited exploration of a topic or concept, they will evolve as as you make them so just let them flow and see where they want to take you. In the end, they always have a good story to tell!  You can use them as journals or sketchbooks or you can keep adding to them with collage, drawing and painting.

This class is for every level, you can make your journal as simple or intricate as you want depending on your experience. Most of all, it’s a place to experiment and explore and hopefully discover some little gems along the way!

Find me on instagram at @lucieduclos and tag me if you share your work there.

And don't forget to share your book progress in the project section here on skillshare.

I can't wait to see your beautiful journals!

Happy journaling!

 *If you have any questions about materials or anything else, just post them in the community section and I will be happy to answer them as soon as possible.You can also download the material list in the project section.

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Lucie Duclos

Design + Mixed Media


Hello, I'm Lucie and I am a graphic designer and mixed media artist. I work with a lot of different mediums and techniques from pen and ink to watercolor, monoprints, encaustics, collage, acrylics and bookmaking. My work experience is in publishing, packaging and textile design. I have done packaging and illustration work for Harry & David, Smith & Hawken, UPPERCASE magazine, Danone and Salesforce among others. 

I grew up in Montreal, Canada, then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, then to Port Townsend, Washington to finally end up right back in Canada, but on the west coast, in Victoria, British Columbia. 

Check out my latest class: The Art of Stone Painting and experiment with lines, grids, patterns, botani... See full profile

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1. Introduction: is to go, and I'm a graphic designer and mixed media artist in Victoria, British. This is my fourth class on skill share our love teaching and every enjoy sharing my techniques and ideas with my students. So one of my passion is actually books and old books and bookmaking. I I love finding old books in library sales or flea markets, and to me it's like a little treasure hunt. There's so much inspiration to be found in these books, from really cool vintage illustrations to sweet poems and interesting stories. And then you end up with a collection of really cool pages and you create a new book out of them. I call them Gypsy Journals because they're a collection of eclectic pages under chosen theme. So it's a little free spirit of exploration, a topic or concept little like traveling around an idea gathering pieces here and there along the way. These journals can be very personal to your own journey are you can be made for friends and , uh, just create them around their own passions and interest in In the end, there will always be beautiful and interesting. So in his class, I'm gonna walk you through the whole process, from picking a theme to gathering and altering your pages and collage and your cover. Oh, we'll walk you through very simple, stitched finding method, and then we'll add beats and finishing touches. So this classes for every level you can make it a simple or intricate as you want, depending on your experience. Most of all, it's a place to experiment and explore and hopefully discover little gems along the way. There's a whole world out there full of lonely books, just waiting for you to give them a second chance. Don't let him sit there on a dusty shelf in the cold in the dark. Just have a book. Join me on a Dixie journaling adventure. You will regret it. 2. Materials: materials, love art supplies. So this is what you need for this class? You're gonna need a, uh, metal ruler with cork back. That works really well. Teoh, cut your paper on. You can use a regular ruler if you If you don't have one that works to a glue stick. Come scissors. A bone folder, which is great to score and also great to full things. I mean, this is not absolutely necessary, but it's really helpful. This is a brush for the blue, and the glue that we're gonna use is PV a glue. And it's perfect for bookbinding projects. You need a regular brush is dirty right now, just four. You paint the white paint you can use Matt acrylic, Or you can use just So our house paint, um doesn't really matter. We'll use an Oh, I don't know how to pronounce that. Sounds like an owl when I say that, but it's in all anyway, you know, we know what it is on exacto knife with a sharp blade with a cutting mat. Need one of those handy dandy lepine drawing technical pen. You're gonna need a Inc pat with a few stamps, interesting stamps You will also need a some linen thread. You can also use yarn, or you can use cord hemp cord, or it does a lot of different things you can use. You can use ribbon if you want, but you'll need a needle and this is a tapestry needle, and I use I think, number 20 or 18. I'm not sure which one, but those work really well, and you will need a round corner punch, some washi tape and some beads. Can you find old necklaces and take him apart? Book cloth So you can buy book cloth in the art supplies store, and they have all these colors, and you need to cut like a two inch for five centimeters strip of your book club. If you don't have a book book cloth and you want to use fabric you have around the house, you can use thick upholstery fabric, and you can make sure you glue it to paper first or used to stabilize the edges of it. And you'll need books, of course, lots of books, just regular books and also books. I have pictures in them. I really like the kids book actually really find the some really interesting images and the words a really big on the other. Nice thing about thes books when you buy a used a lot of time, there's already been loved to the extreme, so they're pretty already. How would you use Pretty used up pretty well, and it's kind of easier to take them apart because they're already halfway there. And, yeah, so let's the books. You will need a like a big dictionary or something that you can use to put your pages and punch of holes with the all. And also it's a good thing to put on top of your book when it's done to make it super flat , you will need your flock stash. So that's like all the stuff that you do in my other classes. Bring it over to this class and anything else you have around the house really like stuff, you know, interesting, interesting collage papers, and you will use Bristol board. You can use this one. Actually, you can use a lot of different things. We're going to collage on top of it, Bill. Depending on what size you need, you might need to buy a bigger a big piece of, um, bigger pad of Bristol board. But again, if you have anything else I would say used kind of distinctness, which is about £96 on this one, and this one is £100. I do something a little thinner to want, but I wouldn't go too thick because it's gonna be hard to work with. A rotary cutter is really helpful to cut your book cloth, but you can probably just use scissors. Also, let's get started. 3. Gathering: Okay, So the first thing you want to do when you start your gypsy journal is you want to pick a theme for your journal, so it could be anything that inspires you. Could be so it could be circus, this one. I gathered some stuff that would be fun to put in a journal for circus that could also be off the moon. But anyway, for this particular journal that I'm gonna make with you guys today, I'm gonna pick my team is gonna be a mermaid. So the first thing you do is kind of write down a list of things that comes to mind when you think about Mermaid and that's gonna help you collect all your pieces and for to put together in your journal. So I make it. I made a list and it doesn't have to be super literal. So if you say mermaid, it doesn't have to be a picture of a mermaid. It could be just texture of scales. It could be ships. It could be anything related to it. It's just to give your journal kind of an overall field throughout the whole book, and that's kind of how it comes together. So I collected a whole bunch of stuff. So I collected these things that so some of the stuff I'm gonna use inside my book, they're gonna be my inside pages, and some of there are gonna be on my cover. But first we're gonna start working on are inside pages. I collected a whole bunch of stuff here. Deep sea diving. I thought that was kind of fun, Turtle, that's kind of related. This is about I think it's a tight book or not really sure you want toe. Also use some pages with text on It doesn't matter if it relates to it or not, because we're gonna put just so over it. And this I also gathered finished pages of this. I love this. The happy hell of it. I love that halibut are a happy, happy creatures. So also, it could do some grid paper. You can do some dictionary pages. This is kind of cool. I found a visual dictionary and kind of for kids. I found that mermaids. I might just use this piece on my cover on my visa in my books. Just collect anything that you find that inspiring to you and, uh see, this is kind of like this picture. This is a recipe for scallops. It's related, right? And, uh, some of this is so my wrapping paper that I designed all kinds of things that are I feel relieved to my subjects. Oh, I have more stuff stamp and paid for some cool paper. And this is something I did in a class which is a mermaid scale texture. And I took I took a picture of it in that I printed some paper so I can use its Maybe in my collage for undercover. This is a from my coloring book and as a mermaid, and that's hard to see on. Uh, so I think we're good. We have enough stuff to start now to make that are inside pages, and we're gonna pick stuff through this wolf stash. 4. Inside Pages: So have a nice little stash of paper for my inside pages. I am going to show you how you I don't take the signature of parts. And if you want a pages in this book, for example, I take all these books apart and you kind of find where the signature is. If you can see, you can see here right there and did usually stitched together. And what you need to do is get an Exacto blade and kind of unstitched. Just take the threat out. I got I want this page here, so I really want to detach these pages. So you see how I need to cut the thread it here. All right, So once you have this signature pages separated, then you can just use these in your book. Kind of like that. But I don't want you want to use Davy Crockett because, you know, it doesn't work with my mermaid thing, So I want to use this. There you go. So now I'm gonna just use this put in my book, but that away on and I'm gonna probably have about 15 spreads in this in this and spread is two pages like that and I'm gonna pick a size. So your size you're gonna pick whatever you want. They don't have to be all the same size, but I kind of like to keep him about the same, you know, size. I don't want him to be all sticking out all over the place, but it's really your choice. You could do whatever you want. This is gonna be my size for my book, and I'll make my cover after that. So I'm going to start to put my pieces in there at this one. I think I want to put this fish years. I'm gonna fold it in half. Mm. For the for such. You know, you page can be Maybe they're all the same in height here, so they different with. So maybe you keep one of the other consistent saying here I'm gonna use This is a tides, I think. And what I'm gonna do here is probably gonna end up cutting. Like to sit bottom part of that. The turtle. This is also about tides 20. Here. Okay, so now I wanted to use this page with this page. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take them together. That this one and I'm gonna put him together be like I'm gonna put him together with washi tape so it can really take any pages if you want and make it a spreads, so they don't have to be like that to begin with. And what I would do is I would also, but some on the other side, it could be a different one. Doesn't have to be the same washing tape. Here you go. Seeing that adds also interest to your pace, and then you just cut them. We can slice them with an exact tonight or you can just cut it with. For now, I would just cut it with scissors because, Deanna, we're just gonna cut him all together, face or not. Have on your spread can have it like that. You have it like that spread. Okay, I'm gonna keep going here on my pages. I love this fish page, so I really want to put that in there, but I kind of want to put it with the mermaid. So I'm gonna do the same thing here, and I am going to tape it together. Okay. Like that Here again, one to 34567 eight, nine and 10. This. Oh, yeah, because here there was a little thing about the sea and everything. So I'm here. I thought of my 10 spreads anything. I'm going to start with the fish because I kind of like it. So I have my 10 page 10 spreads here, and I want Teoh trim them to be all the same height. So you want to get your metal ruler And this one's great because of the court on the backside that won't slip and use a sharp blade on your Exacto knife and a little cutting that So you're gonna see I'm gonna cut everything pretty much at the bottom. I mean, they could do You can do top or bottom a little bit at the top of the bar or the bottom. But for this one, I'm just gonna cut the whole bottom of everything. What's gonna happen here when I do that that I'm going to lose? I want to cut this mermaid thing that I want, but I do have Mermaid at the top here, and I'm thinking this up probably used on my cumber that we're gonna do next. All right, So I'm you this and I'm just going to cut it, too. Remember? I wanted to do it like the size of this page here. So I'm gonna just cut it to here, lined this up on your cutting mat on. And it's about this line here. Good. You cut and you go a few times. Let's get a lot of pages. And while up, it looks Quicken. But that's okay. We can fix that, leader. So here also, I'm gonna cut here because I wanted to be. I wanted to be straight. It doesn't have to be perfect again. But you see, journal books, so it doesn't have to be perfect. And you can do it whichever way you want. There's no right or wrong way to do this. All right, So this is my inside. I'm gonna work on my cover nets. 5. Cover Collage: So we're gonna make our cover and to make the cover, we're gonna take a piece of Bristol board or any kind of cover stock that you have doesn't have to be. We're gonna do collage on top of it. Doesn't have to be white can be any color that you want. And even if there's already stuff on there, you can recycle. And no, an old piece of cardboard. Uh, anything I have is, Well, do eso for this. I want to do my cover. I wanted to be a little bigger than the inside, so I'm gonna add about 1/4 inch around, So I'm gonna just measure it kind of roughly like this. I don't And so good about two here we're about to hear, and it maybe it's better to make it a little bit bigger because he can always cut it afterwards. This kind of the size that I need to do if you're gonna use something like a cardboard box, are something a little bit thicker for your cover. This is where your little bone folder will come in handy, cause you really want to score the middle of your of your card boards to be ableto do a really nice fold. So all you do is kind of press in the middle until you get a nice crease. You know it really easy to fold. You go and anything. Use your bone folder to press it down. What a collage. This front and back. You have another little car. Okay, so now we're ready to make our cover to collage the front in the back. You can keep it super simple and just use If you don't want to do a collage, you can just use something else. For your cover, you can use a map. You can also use what you did. A watercolor that you did in the watercolor field trip class. Um but what I'm going to show you now is how to do a really simple collage and using either a grid for your collage like a just simple grid pattern on use, like the papers that you've done collage paper that you've done in one of my collage classes on skill share. Or you can also just stuff that you found, you know, wrapping paper, any kind of you know are the describes from the papers and stuff that you were collecting for for your book. So this is this is a really simple grid that you can use something like that. Or you could just use strips of papers just horizontally or you can use it, um, vertically like that. So just keep it really simple, and it will look stunning. So So I'm gonna just kind of play with it here. And, uh, let's see what we can come up with. And eso just remember, here you can go all the way across, but this is gonna be hidden, this part, this piece here. So I'm gonna do kind of a grid here, like a patchwork kind of thing. And here gonna do just stripes, so that will give you an idea of the difference. - So I used glue stick Teoh, put all my pieces down, and I just made everything a little bit larger than the actual covers. So that can come in at the end. When everything is glued together, just cut it. You can do that with and exactly lead, or you can do it with scissors. It's up to you whether you're more comfortable with I just do it with scissors. But It's easier also because again, at this need to be perfect way can always trim it again. Leader at the end. So you want to keep it really simple. You grid or your strips? Um, yeah. So you want to keep it simple on duh. And maybe at the end, you could come back and add some details, but for now, I think it's great. This right, So the next step is we're gonna work on off on the book club. 6. Book Cloth: So now it's time to put our book lot on the back. And I'm gonna use this color, and so it's pretty easy. You just take your book cloth and then you can she just cut it? Cut a two inch strip. You do it as long as you need, but I would say give yourself maybe often in up and down just to so you have enough to play with. Okay, so it really helps to have one of those cutting mats because you can line up the middle line here. And when you put your foot cloth on top when you glue it on top, then you really see you can lie it up with these lines here and there at the thought for this, we're gonna use PV a glue and, um, just in your brush. Okay. I made a mess already. Okay, Right now I'm going to line it up here, and this glue dries very fast, so you just want to hold it. That kind of wiped the glue away. Doesn't have to be perfect. It's a gypsy journal. You can use also a piece of tracing paper or anything. Paper. Just press it down I just want to keep it clean. And then same thing You're gonna go here either. Probably what your rotary cutter would be The best way to trim the edges of this. What? You could do it. Quit it. An Exacto knife. But you can also do it with citizens. And voila. So we're gonna let this dry a little bit more, and then we'll fold it and then we'll put all together. 7. Stitch Binding: So now it's time to put everything together. You're gonna need your linen threat, and you're gonna need your Oh, and you're gonna need your cover and you're inside pages. And you're gonna need, like, a big dictionary or phone book or something, because we're gonna use this crease here to put a bunch are holes. So, um, there's our cover here, and we're just gonna gently fold it. Well done, maybe. Right. This is our front. So this isn't covered. We're gonna put it in the book like that. I'm going to take the inside pages sent to them in in the book. Kind of like this and take your our and just go right in the middle and pierce right through all the layers. So, yes, you wanted to be an old book because kind of you're gonna make holes in your book. OK, I did. I go through, I think I did. Okay. And you're gonna want to do another two more holes. And if you want to teach them to be like the perfect distance from each other, you can measure your amendment. Is your about two inch down to inch up and again, depending on the size of your book. You might want to do it differently. I usually just kind of eyeball it, you know? So I just put need three holes or just put another one here in another one here not to stitch it all together. You're gonna need your linen thread in your needle and you take about. That would say depending how much beating you want to do and how long you want it. I would say two or three, three in feet, and it's better to have too much and cut it later. It's about a meter you can do about the meter in. Uh, you need to thread it, which is not always easy, but I got it. Usually when you're filming, nothing works. Okay, so what you're going to do here, you see the three holes. I want the end of my threat to be on the outside, but you can do it the other way if you wanted to be inside. But since I like to beat it, I like to do it this way. So, uh, I'm gonna go in this hole and all the way through a lot of them. A little tricky sometimes It's very tricky. Okay, Got it. Okay. So remember, you just go in in the middle from the outside, turn it around, leave yourself enough at the end here, and then go in at the top or bottom. Doesn't really matter. Okay? And turn it around. Go all the way across. They go and you're going out the same way you came in. Same door. Just remember that. You go right back out right here. Passport tight. Right here. Except that I want to go. I want to end up on the other side of this. This this thread here, I want this one here. I want this one to come out here. You see it on each side here and Nikolay or not, you got it. That's it. So now we have are bound Book. What? We do it right? Yes, Wherever bound book. And, uh, we're gonna do the beating on the next video. 8. Altering: So before we beat our book, we're gonna try Teoh, alter some of the pages inside the book. I will be easier to work with if we don't have speeds hanging here. Let's see what we want to do with this. Sometimes when I do these books, I put like white pages because use these a sketchbook. And but I really like to have something for me. I mean, to not have a white page to have something that you can see through really helps me to get starting on sketching. It's already there's already something there. I am going to actually after it inside of my book with painting and cutting, printing, drawing and punching, punting corners and stuff. So let's start with the painting. We're gonna use white paint. You can use a math acrylic paint, or you can use Jess Oh, or even house Matt house paint and, uh, okay, a little bit Here. Excuse me. So I think some of your stuff I want to keep and some of the stuff I just want to paint over. So I think I want to paint over this'll. Page doesn't have much to do, since pages have much to do with my theme so I could paint over it. Um, and here too, but, uh, Mike, let's let's work on this page here, okay? So you just paint on top of it and then make sure you put a piece of paper, especially if you're gonna paint all the way to the edge, But you don't have to. So I kind of like this little blue corner here, this little blue square. So I'm going to keep it. Leave it there. But I don't. You could paint the whole page white, and then it would give you a white page to paint on top or because it gives you a nice base to add another medium to it. It could be what color are you can do. Collage do acrylic paints. You can draw. Okay, so there's Despaigne, this page. You don't have to let this dry and we'll do another one once. Desist. So now that this is dry, I can move on to another page. Could I do like I really like this fish, but I really want Teoh. It's Let's just pick something here that we like. Thank you or friendship, or anyway, let's do charms and friendships. Thank you. All right, so I'm gonna just cover everything except for these these words and this one. I'm just gonna do, like, a little frame like this around it. Come back, Leader to do a little bit of a stamping or something. Interesting. I'm not sure what, All right. You can use a blow dryer if you wanted to be faster or just let it dry and do something else. Have a cup of tea. So now that this is dry, I'm gonna do another page. I'm gonna put still a piece of paper in between to make sure it doesn't stick to it. I'm gonna go to this. So this is kind of nice. I like this whole little paragraph here, so I'm just going to keep that because it relates to my theme. It's about shell and everything. Song of the ocean. I'm just going to keep this whole thing. I'm gonna let this dry move on to another big. So now that our pages dry, we're gonna add other detail out of finishing touches to our books. So we can kind of look at how our pages really to each other. Like here for example, I kind of don't like this hard edge, so I'm gonna cut this edge. But I want to keep the sharks because on the other side is also like fish descriptions. I want to keep that, but I kind of want to kind of soften this edge a little bit. I'm gonna do kind of a wavy thing. Remind you of the ocean you go. So it's already more interesting. And, uh, you could do that to do a little scalloped edge to any of your pages. This one, this one. There you go. So it's already a little more interesting. You know, when I talk too much dough because you want to keep you paid on the back. I really like this page here. So that's one thing you could do. So another way you can add interest to your pages is two stamps, some elements on their this I found this little starfish that would go well with my theme. And this is a c oh, send dollars, right? Remember what it's called? So I'm gonna use it Just a think bad for this. And then I'm just gonna put one in the corner that looks great. And I'm gonna go and see what I have. My little poem. Right. You on. I'm gonna put a little starfish overlapping here. So one way you could do a stand that works really better is, uh you take the todd to the stamp, all right? And then I'm gonna put it here. There you go. So you can do that all over your book. And the third thing you can do is to kind of draw. You could draw some here. I really like this little poem. So I'm going to do a little squiggle around it that you can be that on a lot of your pages . You can add some here. I can add some scales. Have I think mermaid scales. Well, the last thing I'm gonna do before I do the beating on the end here as I'm gonna punch around corners of really kind of like to do that, it finishes off the look pretty nice. Me, I used these little this little punch very inexpensive, and I just very easy You just punched it. That and you can also do did inside. But you can't do that many pages at the same time. authority. It looks more finished. And like I said, you could do the same thing on the inside. But maybe you want to do, like, three at a time, something like that. I'm gonna just finish all this book. And once I'm done, I'm gonna meet you in the next video to do the beating parts. 9. Beading: Okay, So now we're ready to beat our book and, uh, work you can do. You can be both of these. You can leave it exactly like that and just cut the edges. You can just put one of these at the end if you want, just like that, and just tie a knot in here, and that would be your book. You know, some people don't like toe have long hanging thing. I do think it's really fun. And so So I'm going to decide on one about here, So my first bead is going to be like, I don't think about it too much. But I usually look at the staff that I have from, you know, I usually I will find some gold necklaces and just take him a cart and then get the beads from there. And I actually found this seashell that I think is gonna look really cool. Maybe at the end here, so I'm gonna could use it. So it's maybe a little bit of red. Come on. Just playing with color here and shapes. And, you know, I can do just about anything you want, so I'm gonna try to see if I can thread this seashell in here, huh? Kind of. This is not husing, but I'm sure it's gonna fit. Oh, they all right? So here, I'm gonna do with tied us up. Very easy, As you can see. Yeah. All right, hold on. Okay. Do another. Not okay. And then I'm going to cut this, okay? There's one of my is one. I'm gonna do this one, and I'm gonna make this one a little bit shorter, so I'm gonna do my not about here. No. Yeah, And then I'm gonna go. So you gonna have to find a he's toe. Have a hole big enough to thread some of them you're not gonna be able to use because the hole is too small. You see about this one? Maybe I use a fish on this one. Okay, so now, same thing. Not the end a lot. And cut the tail. You go. There's your bees. So that's it. You're done with your gypsy journal. So your class project is to put a book like that together whatever size you want and to just maybe upload in the project section. You can just show me the cover. You can show me a spread. You can show me anything. Any part of your book? I would love to, Steve, and, um, just go crazy, Enjoy and have fun. 10. Thank you: I dribble in your future. This is my crystal ball, but I really I know there's a gypsy journal inside of you just waiting to come out, and I can't wait to see it. So please share your projects in the section below. And if you have any questions at all about materials or anything else just, you know, put a note post in the community section and you can follow me on skill share Follow me on Instagram at Lucy Clo and use hash tag gypsy journaling so I can see what you're up to. Thank you so much for taking my class and sharing your project. I love seeing what everybody is doing, and I wish you a happy tripling venture.