That New Notebook Feeling

My friends and I felt the strong pull from the sketchbook corner at the Ikebukuro Tokyou Hands and found ourselves caught.

Here I was introduced to Midori Diary Paper, designed and made here in Japan. Comes in such a lovely cream color and they are bound in such a way as allow each page to open flat.

So many choices in page organization, different sizes with lines vs grids vs blank pages with infinite possiblities.

Such a simple, personable packaging label. Nice handwriting in Japanese & English. And a nameplate sticker.

^ It came with a glassine book cover which I know I’ll tear immediately upon use, so I’ve returned it to its original bag and when I’m done I’ll add it back on.

^ Of all the Midori page designs I chose the Storyboard option. 8 fun little sections per page, “16 boxes per spread. Good for mapping out presentations or developing an idea progression.” Or maybe I’ll do some little sketches…or ??

For now, it looks too nice to mark up :)

Until then, follow my day to day art adventures on Instagram: Studio Deanna

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons…

Today is all about the buttons! Putting those finishing touches on my Travel Journals for the Tokyo Art Book Fair this weekend.

For every 5 buttons I sew, there is a small Pumpkin Kit Kat reward!

Buttons Travel Journals

Button, button, button, button, button, pumpkin kit kat, button, button, button…

“Hyper”stitch Bookbinding Video – Travel Journals

I’ve been busy Longstitch Binding the last of my map-paged Travel Journals to be shown at the Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014.

Special Thanks to Sea Lemon’s Longstitch Bookbinding tutorial on YouTube.

Filmed using Hyperlapse. Came out blurrier than expected, sorry about that.

Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014: We’re In!

In-Between Large Projects

I can finally see the floor of my tatami room studio again! Finishing one big project and before jumping into the next big projects(s), I’ve spent my time “spring” cleaning my studio.

As a very visual person I like to see all my options at one time. All my pieces, all my mediums displayed within easy reach as I work. In reality, this means pulling everything from their boxes, drawers, and shelves out onto whatever flat surface I can find, so by the end of a project it looks like my studio has projectile vomited all over itself.

This In-Between Large Projects time is all about putting these items back in their home, deciding if I really need to keep 6 different kinds of metalsmithing hammers and where to hang my latest art acquisitions.

I do have a couple of small creative projects going that I pick up during breaks in the deep cleaning but have essentially kept the major projects on the back burner. Yet, their presence still leaks through, the ideas still simmering and flowing out:

1. Last night I tweaked my Tako Stir Fry Recipe with a bit of kabocha.

2. Decided the Travel Journal Art Books I am creating need a larger number of pages than what I am currently putting together.

3. That pot of simmering projects on the horizon may be on a bit too high the more I watch video podcasts. I’m beginning to think video documenting my progress wire crocheting the Tropical Butterfly Garden art installation will be a great idea!

Eek! Turning that burner down a bit.

Travel Journal Art Books

Made several Travel Journal Art Books this past week. It’s a journey in itself where art takes an artist. I never thought to create a handmade book but once I started how could I not? Such an easy extension from my love of reading I wonder why I haven’t put together handmade books earlier.

IMG_0017 Recycling Worldwide Maps and tough upholstery fabric create a lightweight journal that is easy to toss into your backpack for your next adventure or for kids off to Summer Camp.


IMG_0025_2    Each page is about 5″ x 7″ with one side blank and the printed map on the reverse.

IMG_0027_2   Pages have been chosen at random in random order to offer a variety of spaces for a variety of travel needs. Each of the pages offer longitude and latitude for searching where in the world some of the pages are.

Three different coordinating button and wax coated thread binding are available in my store on Etsy: