Beginning with Making the Art Journal

If you have taken the Marbling & More Workshop, the content in this lesson is also in there, as it serves as the base for HOPE JOURNAL and the backgrounds in it. You may use any watercolor paper, or journal that can take water media.

Journals web

Here is a video of a flip through of the HOPE JOURNAL to give an idea of the flow. In the class videos, I will be demonstrating the various techniques used in making the backgrounds as well as references to other journals.

(insert HOPE JOURNAL Flip Through video here)

Here is a photo of what you need to make  a journal out of watercolor paper:

Supplies for making journal

Here is the list of what you need to make a journal out of watercolor paper: 

  • 1 full Sheet of Watercolor Paper 22″ x 30″: Fabriano 140 lb, either hot
    press or soft press (each sheet makes one 8”x10” journal)
  • Metal Ruler preferably with a cork back
  • Bone Folder (the side of a pair of scissors will work, but the bone folder is
    much better)
  • Push pin or awl for making holes in journal
  • Button or carpet thread, or bookbinding thread
  • Needle with a big enough eye for heavy thread to go through
  • Pencil
  • 2 Clips for holding pages in place while sewing (optional)

In the video below, I show how to make journal pages from a single sheet of 22″ x 30″ piece of watercolor paper. I first learned this from Teesha Moore’s Amazing 16-Page Journal Part 1 and  Teesha Moore’s Amazing 16-page Journal Part 2 YouTube videos.

The password for the video is: journal

Here is a PDF that shows the process. Click on the link:


Here is a video that shows how to sew your journal together after you have marbled some of the pages:

The password for the video is: journal











    Hey Valerie, I would love to see the flip through of the hope journal again but it seems to be gone. Or can I only watch it one time?? Thank you for helping. Miriam

    • Hi Miriam,
      It appears to be working. Here’s the link:

  2. Leanne

    Hi Valerie, in the intro you say to please please read the FAQs but I cannot find any link for FAQs. Please advise.

    • Hi Leanne, There is a question mark on the sidebar and I covered questions in the first welcome lesson. Is that what you are looking for?

      • Leanne

        Ok great, thanks Valerie.

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