90-110 lb paper will cockle if you use watercolor on it. You'd have to use a much heavier paper to take watercolor and not cockle. This, of course, depends somewhat on how wet you work. What I would recommend is that you do your watercolor on something like an Arches hot press watercolor block, trim and then "mount" it on your journal page. It could be mounted using archival (clear) photo corners, or you could simply cut a diagonal slit on each corner and slip the corners of the study into those slits. Or for that matter, you could "sew" it on at each corner, much in the way that vellum is sometimes "mounted". Mounting paper, of course, would increase the depth of the contents, and you might need to take this into consideration in the binding of the book. Perhaps a book where pages are not folded, such as as stab binding, could be used (although stab bindings don't open flat). If you used a post-binding, you could insert whatever paper wherever you want. But again, post-bindings don't open flat. (Both of this bindings are kind of in the style of photo albums.)
Don't know about Stonehenge paper, but realize that paper has a grain, and should be folded along that grain. Folding against the grain might crack, but I wonder what folding with the grain would do. Stonehenge is a printmaking paper, I believe, and isn't generally intended to be folded.
There are different styles of bindings, and I assume you would want one that opens flat. Coptic bindings (with an exposed spine) open flat very nicely, or a casing-in with only book cloth for the spine (as opposed to a rigid cardboard spine). Your friend, however, may have a specific binding in mind.
Scroll down a little - you'll see a Japanese stab binding and coptic binding.
My own web pages to accompany a demo I give to my senior design students (as some do book projects for their senior thesis project).
If you wanted to "publish" your journal, you could consider doing a blurb book. But this would involve scanning and page layout. Then, you'd have the ability to make (and/or sell) copies. Most of my colleagues now use blurb to produce books to accompany their tenure/promotion applications. Apple also has books available through iPhoto. I've had good experiences with both Blurb and Apple. Blurb offers the most flexibility… you can produce your own layout, use whatever fonts you want, etc,, if you are knowledgeable with page layout (including working with color space and image resolution). Or you can choose a simpler approach and use the templates that blurb provides (with limited font choices).
Some things to think about, at the very least.
Good Morning All & Happy New Year!
A former class mate is willing to make a journal for my May 1014 Exit Show (Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly) at UGA. I would like an off white - cream paper, suitable for graphite, colored pencil, water color pencil, watercolor sketches, ink pen. I will also insert copies of previous sketches, other related photos, etc.
Size - 9 x 12 with approximately 160 pages. Considering 90 - 110 lb or 150 gsm. Had looked at Stonehinge, however one of the paper specialists at UGA suggested not to use, because it will “crack” when folded - I tested it & confirmed.
The journal, if not filled during the semester will continue with special entries on the Monarch butterfly for future projects.
Thank you very much indeed for your expertise and guidance!
Student, University of Georgia
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