Journals crafted with Earth-friendly papers

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  I create these journals with earth-friendly, handmade and hand-marbled papers from Nepal and Thailand, and hand-stitch the binding with the Coptic stitch.  The papers come in an array of color designs, from bold and vibrant reds and teals to softer, subtle shades of blues and greens to warm earth tones.  

     Hand-marbling results in beautifully flowing one-of-a-kind designs, and makes each journal truly unique.  Hand-marbling is the process of dipping the surface of a sheet of handmade paper into a tray of water that holds various colors of dyes or paints.  These dyes or paints float on top of the water and are swirled with a stick to create amorphous, one-of-a-kind patterns on the paper.  Many of these designs are also accented with metallic gold or copper marbling.

 

Papers

     Lokta paper comes from the Lokta, or Daphne, bush in Nepal.  The bush grows throughout the Himalayas, and when properly cropped, can regenerate in 3-7 years.  Tibetan monks first used Lokta paper 1000 years ago to transcribe their sacred texts, and some of those original documents are still in existence today.  Lokta paper is strong, durable, and impervious to insects.

     Thai Kozo paper comes from the bark of the fast-growing mulberry tree in Thailand.  Momi refers to a type of Kozo (mulberry) paper that has a soft, crinkled texture.  All types of Kozo fibers are strong and durable.  

 Pages

   The pages are made of off-white Crush paper, which consists of by-products that would normally head for the landfill, i..e citrus fruits, corn, olives, coffee, etc. along with 30% post-consumer recycled waste.  The paper is made using 100% green energy, and the company claims to reduce the carbon footprint by 20%.  

Packaging

 I use plant-based PLA (Polylactic Acid) bags.  PLA is a new type of bioplastic made from plant starch or sugars, not petroleum.  They are certified compostable (but please first check with your composting facility to see if they will accept them). 

**I can custom make a journal in whatever size and with however many pages you like.  Please contact me to discuss your needs and special pricing.