DIY Handmade Mini and Super Mini Journal

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An year before I went crazy for Mini Sketchbooks, watercolor books, journals. Now almost after an year  I am making my own handmade journals. This DIY Handmade Mini and Super mini journal is so easy to make even a beginner can do this.

Why Mini Journals?

I love mini journals. For doodling also I prefer A5 or below. A6 and A7 sizes are my favourite. You can see n number of paintings, doodles etc on my blog which is done on Mini Journals, Sketchbooks, Watercolor books. The feeling of finishing a project in one seating is very important for me. I generally paint or draw early morning and have extreme time constraint.

Types of Mini Journals-

I have many mini journals from different brands, Instagram seller and after understanding the anatomy of it I googled how to make and to my surprise it looked fairly easy.

You can check many of my Mini Sketchbook posts by clicking here

Some of the supply link of the products I am using are:-

Ayush Paper Mini Sketchbook Collection by clicking here. They have watercolor book, grey, brown, black and white sketchbook in sizes 4*4cm and 180 to 270 gsm. Needless to say they are my most favourite.

Menorah Stationery too have wonderful collection and you can check their A7 Size product by clicking here.

I will do a separate post on my Mini Sketchbooks/ Journals/Watercolor books collection and will link every product detail there. That will make more sense.

My Own DIY Handmade Mini Watercolor Book

In last 4-5 months I have made many DIY handmade sketchbooks. You can check many of my DIY hobby related including journals by clicking here

As of now I only made sketchbooks from around 200 GSM hot pressed paper or some handmade papers (GSM may be around 220). I wanted to make a proper DIY Handmade Watercolor book which has 270 GSM or above paper. Luckily I had some loose A5 cotton watercolor paper of 270 GSM. From one sheet of A5 Paper I made 2 Watercolor Book

One is of around 3*2.5 cm (28 sheets, 56 pages) hand deckle edged another one is 1.9*1.5 cm (6 sheets, 12 pages) with normal scissor cut. I have used normal sewing thread to bind. For my initial journals I did kettle stitch and in my last two journals I tried coptic stitch and I found coptic stitch much more better. I checked on Youtube and came across this Kettle Stitch which is more like coptic stitch and its perfect for these kind of books and I believe I am going to make many journals using this technique. You can check the tutorial here

For cover I used a thick handmade paper which I already had, and thread used is crochet yarn. Going forward I will try to make fancy covering as these two have the most basic one. But I love them.

Below are the pics:-

Sizes

See how mini it is

This tiny one has my heart

Love its touch and scissor cut edges

Has 6 sheets and 12 pages

The bigger mini one with hand deckle edged

that look

totally in love

My Views-

It was a fun project but I did face lot of difficulty in both. Deckle edging a thick 270 gsm paper was a tough deal. I literally sore my fingers by deckle edging 28 sheets. But the result was worth the pain. I dont have the proper tool so I used normal needle to make hole and that was again a difficult process in this much thick paper. But all well that ends well. I am definitely going to make more they are so cost effective and you can make whatever size you want.

With lots of

Divya

Note- pictures are clicked from my mobile without any filter mode. Further to enhance the features it’s edited on App.

Disclaimer- this DIY has been done by following youtube video. I have given the full credit to its original source by providing the link. The opinion and feedback shared is my own based on my experience

Night Sky Watercolor Painting on my DIY Handmade Journal

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I can say I was on a watercolor painting spree and this one was a bit more special as I did it on my DIY Handmade Journal/Sketchbook.

Though I used a normal 220 gsm paper. Thickness is fine but texture is not what I mostly enjoy doing water color painting. But I have decided to use this handmade mini for watercolor painting only so it’s okay.

It’s a very basic watercolor painting nothing fancy still I am loving it alot.

Blue sky

With lots of

Divya

Note- pictures are clicked from my mobile without filter mode. No editting is done. The picture is in natural day light.

Disclaimer- I have purchased and used this product. Based on my experience I have shared my honest views

Sky and Flower Watercolor Paintings on my DIY Sketchbook

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Hey Everyone,

Hope you all are doing great. These days I am so crazy for DIY sketchbook/journals. I have made 2 more I will share pics soon. For now you can check my post on how I did a mini DIY Sketchbook by clicking here also my first Watercolor Painting on that by clicking here

As already mentioned many times I do face problem in making color strokes and all with regular brush…I came across a very fine brush in my nail art collection and I knew I had to give it a try and to my surprise it did much better than the whatever I had. Though the color kind of spread may be because of heavy wash. Though the paper is around 220 gsm but it is suitable for medium Watercolor painting.

I have decided to get a proper brush or brush set for mini paintings. Anyway coming to today’s painting it was a random painting more to check how fine the brush work. Let me know whether it’s looking good or not

Sky and flowers

With real flowers

With lots of

Divya

Note- pictures are clicked from my mobile without filter mode. No editting is done. The picture is in natural day light.

Disclaimer- I have purchased and used this product. Based on my experience I have shared my honest views

Night Sky Watercolor Painting on my handmade DIY Sketchbook

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It’s true that you learn with time…you learn with your own experience…when I started miniature Watercolor Painting I knew there were lot of mistakes I am doing and I also knew I will try to work on all of them.

First issue is the brush..at this stage I don’t want to invest in very high quality brush. For normal Watercolor I do have some decent brush..I searched my stock and find the finest one (still not the finest which required for miniature but still better).

I used that and somehow I did loved the result. This paper is 200 gsm and good for normal water color Painting I use lot of water when I do painting somehow paper was decent to not betray me.

I am somehow happy how it turned out.

Also if you want to check how I made this DIY sketchbook check out my post by clicking here

Note- I also made 2 more painting with different brush which will be in next post.

Night sky on my DIY Sketchbook

With lots of

Divya

Note- pictures are clicked from my mobile without filter mode. No editting is done. The picture is in natural day light.

Disclaimer- I have purchased and used this product. Based on my experience I have shared my honest views

DIY Mini Sketchbook with Hardbound Cover

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Lately I have been loving Miniature Paintings they are so calming and satisfying. Though I don’t have relevant brushes that makes it really difficult.. I am doing research to find out any economical one before I invest in good one

Anyway so I have got many mini Sketchbook and Watercolor book in recent time and just have placed order for some more. While checking that I noticed handmade thing and thought to try it.

Well I did tried making one almost 3-4 months back and I failed miserably but that time I didn’t used any mini sketchbook hence I was unaware what to expect. This time I knew..I checked some youtube videos and came across this one. I knew this is what I was looking for.

I have shared the link below..guys that tutorial is so simple and quick..it took me just 15 mins to prepare my own sketchbook and trust me it looks more beautiful in real.

As it was my first sketchbook hence measurement did went here and there I am sure I will be better in next one with a better cover too…

Here are the pics and after that related links

Stitches

My tiny book pages

Outer cover with D

https://youtu.be/BRNGVKjn1I8

I have used one A5 sheet from my 200gsm sketchbook which I got from Amazon, link is here

With lots of

Divya

Note- pictures are clicked from my mobile without any filter mode. Further to enhance the features it’s editted on App.

Disclaimer- this DIY has been done by taking idea from YouTube, link for the same is already shared. The opinion and feedback shared is my own based on my experiences