I have just finished making these journals.

The covers are from fabrics that I hand-dyed and the images are photos that I have taken. The poppy and the tree leaning over the water are from Monet’s Garden in Giverny (France); the third photo features Bunya trees from the Bunya Mountains (South-East Queensland)

I played with the photos in Adobe Photoshop Elements program and added layers so that they look more like paintings or art images than photos. Then I printed the images on fabric.

I used my Simplicity Rotary Cutting and Embossing machine to deckle the edges of the images, before adding them to the covers of the journals.

I used 4 threads and twisted them together for the ties.

The inside pages are made from tea-dyed paper.

This is how I tea-dyed the paper

I lined an oven tray with Alfoil and then placed a sheet of paper on top of the foil.

Then I made up a bowl of black tea, using 3 or 4 tea bags.

Obviously the stronger the tea, the darker the stain on the paper.

I didn’t make mine too strong.

I used a paint brush (about an inch wide) to paint the tea on the paper.

After the first side of the paper is coated in tea, I lifted it very carefully and turned it over.

The paper gets quite wet, so be careful turning it – it can easily tear.

After heating the oven to 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees F), I placed the tray in the oven for 2 minutes.

If you work with 2 trays of foil and paper, one will be ready to come out of the oven when the next one is ready to go in.

I left the sheets to dry overnight and then ironed them with a dry iron to flatten them.

These are the complete Signatures, ready to be sewn into the journal covers.

A Signature is the little booklet of pages that goes to make up a larger book.

I used 5 sheets of paper for each – lay 5 sheets on top of one another and then folded them in the middle. Ironed the fold.

I used 4 Signatures to make each Journal.

Hope you are inspired to make some tea-dyed pages!

Cheers, Lyn

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