Above, in the studio, before stitching the signatures to the brown leather cover. This year I wrapped each of the signatures in beautiful marbled or otherwise decorated paper. I’ve had some of this in my flat files for years, and decided it was time to enjoy it. I like to also add pockets and fold-ins with these papers, for ephemera that hitchhikes its way into the journals during my turn around the sun. Then I used my favorite longstitch binding.
It all wraps up pretty nicely at about five by seven inches, more or less, a good size to work in and also carry around. This year I used a smoother and lighter paper, Zerkall Book, instead of my usual favorite Arches Text Wove. Thinking to do a bit more pen work and less crazy splashing around? Probably equal parts of both. There are nine signatures this year instead of the usual eight. I like to divide the journal into the eight turns of the Wheel, but gave myself the gift of an extra set of pages at the end to have a space between winter solstice, the beginning and end of the Wheel’s turn, and when I actually get a new journal made, sometime in early January. A time out of time, as it were.