My Hand-Made Journal

Front Cover

This is the front cover of my handmade journal I made with Tracy Moore at Teesha and Tracy’s PLAY retreat in January. It is small.  It measures

5″ x 7 1/4″ and is bound with Fabriano Artistico hot press paper inside.  The front cover is made using paper from my layers demonstration at PLAY.

This was so fun to make with Tracy.  He was really patient, kind and giving helping many of us to make journals.  

Back Cover

Teesha and Tracy are coming to southern California to teach some classes at the Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica.  Teesha is teaching 3-D Mixed Media Painting April 30th and Tracy is teaching Hand Forged Metal Journals Sunday May 1st.  You can find out more info about The Moore’s classes here.  I am really excited to be taking Tracy’s Metal Journal class.  If you’ve ever wanted to take a class from either Teesha or Tracy now is your chance if you are in southern California.

Spine with vintage papers.

Here is a shot of the spine done with vintage papers covering the signatures of the book.  Tracy taught us Coptic stitch for the back cover using two needles.  It looks as if it is crooked but it is actually not, it is the angle at which the book is sitting.  This is my every day journal for doodling and journaling.  It is personal and small and just right.  I love the size and feel of it in my hand . It has started me on my journal making adventure.  Who knows where it will lead?

2018-05-03T13:40:07+00:00March 5th, 2011|Art Journals|10 Comments


  1. Sherry March 5, 2011 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Your journal is a treasure you have created that appears to be from generations past and can be enjoyed by future generations. A true piece of art and it is heartwarming that you are actually using it daily for yourself. Happy creating…

  2. Tracy March 5, 2011 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Yay! this journal is soooooo AMAZING. You did such a great job on it, and I love the way that this journal absolutely is totally 100% you. Can’t wait to see what you do inside of it. See you soon.

  3. teesha March 5, 2011 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Brian…this is gorgeous!!! Way cooler than I remember. I love to see artwork created by people with a passion for what they do and it is SO evident in your work. and then to know that the person who created the work has a heart of gold on top of it all. Well, it makes me love it all the more. Thanks for the shout-out for Tracy’s class. You rock man!

  4. Maria Little March 5, 2011 at 3:06 am - Reply

    a treasure indeed

  5. colleen March 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Love it ! bet it was sssoooo FUN!

  6. Seth March 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Spectacular Brian. That journal is amazing and must attract a lot of attention when you are journaling out in the world!

  7. rivergardenstudio March 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Oh, I LOVE this front cover of your journal! I wish I could take a class from teesha and tracy moore. I grew up down in santa monica, it would be nice to go back… roxanne

  8. Leslie M March 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    What an amazing journal!

  9. Bianca March 10, 2011 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Thanks for the visit to my blog. I’m adding yours my list too. I love this journal; it is just fabulous.

  10. […] put in your pocket.  Tracy helped me to make a journal during their PLAY retreat, you can view it here.  Journal making is highly addictive and I can’t wait to make a really BIG one.  I am […]

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