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Handmade Journal

I'm so mad: the journal I was taught to make, looks 5000% like the scrap book I bought at Grand&Toy. It's made out of the same "handmade" paper (the lumpy beige paper with flower petals and bits of grass/straw embedded into it). The paper inside was the same kind of "handmade" paper except it was dark purple. I hate dark purple.

I like the concept, but I don't like the materials I was given to work with. It looks neat, but it's very rough and unrefined.

So, I got thinking about what I want on the cover. I want my Dad to pen a quote from a poem or some well-wishing words along with our names, in his Chinese brush calligraphy, on white papyrus paper. My father has the best brush penmanship there ever existed. Not that I'm biased or anything =) I was kinda miffed that he wouldn't be able to pen the title for my Guest Autograph Cloth, but I understood and accepted that it would be disrespectful if Will's Grandmother didn't get to do it. So, the next best thing is for Dad to do this. =)

I'd been looking for some inner writing paper at Opus (art supply place in Granville Island). They had some interesting things there, but they have big huge 24x36" sheets. They won't cut it for you, they don't provide a big paper cutter, so I'd have to bring it home and xacto/ruler it. Paper-Ya had the same stuff as Opus, but pre-cut and packaged. I would have felt really weiner paying 50x the price for the same thing, but pre-cut and packaged. I tried to see if they had anything that DIDN'T come from Opus, but I didn't see anything special, so I just left.

The only one I was remotely interested in was a white paper with little gold and silver flecks in it with small white fibre wisps through it. The white wisps remind me of Dragon's Beard, a [Southern] Chinese snack thing. It's made out of maltose[*] syrup and looks like delicate white gossamer threads. When I was little, one of my favorite treats was maltose syrup twirled on a teaspoon that I would slurp on like a lollipop. Kinda like the Nutella spoon, but way healthier. =)


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