Over a few months, I have come up with and improved on a simple and easy way to make a duct tape art journal. The marvelous part about a duct tape art journal is that, well, of course you have a new drawing space, but also you get to customize it to your own style! Tall, thick, pocket-sized, glamorized, classy, vintage, playful--all journals are unique! And the customizing doesn't just stop on the outside; you can continue on the inside! Scrapbook paper can be taped to the inside of the covers; different colored thread can be used for the binding; a plethora of different kinds of paper can be used for the inside. Along with the fun of making your new art journal, these also make a great gift for friends, relatives, teachers, strangers...you name it! 

  • Cardboard--You can unfold a cardboard box and cut yours out of it.
  • Duct Tape--I've found that if you want a high quality art journal, use Platypus Designer Duct Tape. You can find it online.
  • Origami paper, scrapbook paper, colored paper...get creative!
  • Embroidery floss--Think rainbow!!
  • Embroidery needle
  • Paper for the inside--Printer paper works just fine.
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Closure system (Velcro, Elastic, Magnet)
  • Pencil


Step 1: The Cardboard Cover

Find some cardboard! I used a regular cardboard box and unfolded it. Then I used an X-acto knife to cut one edge of it, resulting in a long piece of cardboard. Decide what size you want your journal to be and mark the rectangular shape onto the cardboard using a pencil and ruler. Depending on how much paper you are using, draw two lines in the middle of the rectangle for the spine. Once you are done drawing the outline, use a X-acto knife to cut out your rectangle.

Then, take your ruler and press it against one of the two spine lines. Bend your cardboard. Then, place your ruler on the other line of the spine, and bend the cardboard again. Close the cover as you would a book, seeing the form of the journal starting to take shape.
Awesome plain awesome
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