Monday, March 2, 2015

Hand Painted Midori Fabric Journals

I recently took an online class to learn the art of making a 'Midori Journal' cover. I had never heard of them, but the moment I saw one, I knew I wanted to try making my own.

There is a video at the bottom of this post that better shows how they work.

 Traditionally Midori's are made of a leather cover and are called Midori Travel journals. Their origin started with the idea of minimizing the amount of stuff that one might travel with. Within it you might keep a journal for documenting experiences and memories of a trip or to keep travel itinerary info in all in one place.

Today they have expanded into much more and are becoming very popular among planners and artists.

I started with white canvas and painted a design using acrylic paint and sharpie marker.

I actually finger painted the one on the left. THAT was a fun experience!

I then took white scrapbook paper and painted a design for the inside cover. To fuse the canvas cover and scrapbook paper together I used iron on adhesive and then stitched the edge to keep it from fraying and to add a more finished look.

The journals inside are made of a hand painted scrapbook paper and lined copy paper or sketchbook paper.

Sorry its so hard to hear!

Midori Journal Covers from emilyburlingame on Vimeo.


  1. Not understanding how you put more then one journal inside?


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