Ways to Customize Your Ciak
Journal, Sketchbook or Planner
clean, virgin pages of a new journal are typically where the bulk of
creativity happens during the journaling process, the covers can be
equally compelling. The vast, empty space just begs to be embellished.
Whether you are artistic or not, there are many things you can do to
make your journal uniquely yours.
I discovered that a Ciak journal has a sublime surface for decoration.
Not only is the surface of the cover rich with color, but it is smooth
and accepts solvent-based inks and markers as though it were made for
this type of embellishment. The cover is soft and leather-like so it
can be embossed, painted, decorated with metallic pens, or even rubber
a Custom Look with a Rubber Stamp
Nothing is easier than using a rubber stamp to create a
look for your journal. Rubber stamps are cheap, easy to find and come
in a variety of images and styles. You can use one alone or combine it
with a number of stamps to create a custom, collage. I impressed this
image on the journal using a single rubber stamp and Archival
Ink’s Jet Black waterproof ink. Thanks to the smooth surface
of the Ciak journal, the image created was crisp, even, rich and much
cleaner than the same image pressed onto paper. The ink appears as
though it has bonded with the cover material and the end result is
smudge-proof and water-proof.
Some interesting effects and blends can be created by removing a
solvent-based ink with rubbing alcohol after an image has been stamped.
The results range from subtle to intense depending on the color of the
ink and the length of time you allow the ink to sit before wiping it
away. The longer the ink remains on the cover before removing it, the
darker it is. On the above journal, the subtle background images were
created using this method. I stamped a deep red ink onto the cover and
let it sit for about 10 seconds before I removed the ink from the
surface. The small amount of ink that that remained after the removal
process created a soft, subtle background, perfect for adding additional overlays of
For those of you who prefer a more freeform doodling or labeling,
permanent markers work well on the Ciak's cover. The
colors appear translucent and can be laid on top of each
other for additional depth and for creating special effects. Because
the spine of the Ciak is smooth and free from creases or sharp bends,
you can create your drawings from front to back into one continuous
Whether your journal is filled with inspired words or illustrations, be
sure that your Ciak journal has the cover it deserves. It's fun, it's
beautiful and it makes it more personal. You'll be glad you did!
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