journal covers foiled
My favorite art is this—fun and shiny and functional.
With the covers of the first and third Moleskine held securely between the fabric-covered illustration board the spine could be laced together without tying into the binding of each separate journal.
The binding of the spine wanted to be simple. If I reuse these covers for a single journal or two or four, the binding will have to be re-laced to account for the difference in thickness.
Aluminum foil tape brought the shiny to these covers. I picked up the tape at the hardware store. It's commonly used for sealing ductwork which I appreciate while the heat is running on a cold day.
The front cover is a a cutout of my letter in 140lb watercolor paper covered in layers of the foil.
The back cover began with a carpeting of the foil tape. The design in the corner was traced from a bit of stencil. The fish was a freehand scribble. Both were marked out with a pointy wooden skewer. I went back over the marks with an exacto blade and peeled away the bits that couldn't stay.
What I have yet to discover is how the foil tape will wear.
All the edges were burnished with a bone folder tool. I can run my hand over the foil cut-outs without feeling any sharp edges. I hope they stay that way.