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Keep the journal out of continuous/prolonged periods of direct sunlight, handle the journal so that the oils from your skin can help keep the leather moist, and use the journal so that its pages don’t feel neglected!
1. What is the difference between the handmade paper and the watercolor paper?
The handmade paper is an acid-free, archival “rag” paper, meaning it’s made out of cotton fibers from recycled clothing. It is a highly-functional paper and is conducive for the use of the following different media: any ink, graphite, charcoal, soft pastel, pan pastel, crayon, clear gesso (to prime the paper for heavier media like permanent markers and watercolor).
CAUTION!—The use of fountain pens and calligraphy pens is not recommended due to fibers clogging the nibs and other potentials for ink blotting and unsatisfactory results.
The watercolor paper is acid-free and archival, is made by Fluid, and is 140-lb. cold-press. It is the most versatile paper in the world, on which you can use practically any medium: any ink, watercolor, watercolor pencil, acrylic paints, graphite, charcoal, soft pastel, pan pastel, oil pastel, crayon, markers, glue, and/or gesso, fountain pens, calligraphy pens, anything and everything.
2. Do you make the paper yourself?
I do not make any of the papers I use. I purchase thousands of large “parent-size” sheets of archival handmade papers and watercolor paper per year, and I tear the sheets down to my desired dimensions. Once I tear the sheets down to smaller leaves, I separate them, count them, stack them, fold them, poke holes in them and then stitch them to the leather. So, because I am human and require sleep, I survive by letting the quality and quantity of the paper be in the hands of full-time, professional paper-makers while I maintain my title of Bookbinder.
3. Where do you get your leather?
Ever since I began bookbinding in 2005, I have gone to the same leather supplier. Two or three times a year, I travel to the Amish country in Ohio and hand-select the cowhides from a family owned company by the traditional name of Weaver Leather. The hides are already tanned to a variety of colors, and so I choose the hides for their color, character, natural edges, and desired thickness and malleability. With a big table, a utility knife, and different kinds of rulers, I cut the hides down to the myriad of journal-sizes I like to create.
4. Where do you get the metal emblems on the covers
of some of the journals?
I make those metal plates. I use an acid-etching technique to create the designs as decorative components to accent some of the journals. See THIS VIDEO to watch a 4-minute time-lapse clip of this process. Some journals are decorated with metals that I’ve antiqued and/or rusted for a classic and timeless appeal.
5. Are the journals refillable?
No. Every journal is permanently bound using a binding cord that is resistant to the damaging effects of sunlight and moisture, and I use a binding style that is durable and meant to last many lifetimes. Being as such, all the journals I create are intended to be heirlooms and keepsakes, and you collect your journals over time.
6. What are the care instructions for my journal?
Keep the journal out of continuous/prolonged periods of direct sunlight, handle the journal so that the oils from your skin help keep the leather moist, and use the journal so that its pages don’t feel neglected!
7. Do you make photo albums?
Yes, I surely do, and they’re called “The Big Bounties”. This is my only recommendation for photos in my entire body of work.
8. Do you do custom work?
Yes, I do! Please inquire HERE.
9. Do you make anything out of leather besides journals?
It’s all about journals, baby. Awesome, tenacious, super-sweet, handmade leather-bound journals!