Single Sheet Coptic Stitch Art Journal

I love working on thick paper. 

I had a problem: 

I wanted to pick the type of paper that I wanted to use in a custom-made art journal and 140 lb. paper does not do well folded into signatures.

What I used:

  • Two Strathmore Mixed Media Pads, separated and reserving the hard back of the pad
  • Lineco Binder’s Thread
  • Lineco Binder’s Needles
  • Lineco 2″ Self-Adhesive Book Repair Tape
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Instructions for the binding: Single Sheet Coptic

You will notice that my art journal doesn’t have a pretty cover. Most likely I will create a slip cover with a large sheet of drawing paper.

I was not too careful about the placement of the tape. It will be covered up later on.

This was an experiment because I wanted to address the loose leaf sheets of paper in my studio.

This technique will work well with watercolor paper, bristol, cardstock – any paper that is too thick to fold into signatures.

I have done paper hole punching and fastening with binder rings and I’m not a big fan of the look.

The loose leaf pages could have gone into a box – and forgotten.

Overall, I am very happy with the outcome. I hope you try it too.

Single sheet coptic binding tutorial by Grace Mendez
Art journal with single sheet coptic binding by Grace Mendez