This journal lock book will be made to order for you, please allow 7 working days for me to complete it. Small differences between your book and the one in the photos will exist due to the unique character of handmade objects.
This book is a version of my traditional antiqued brown leather journal with lock and key. It was designed using brighter and more vivid colors in a rich chromatic harmony based on colors green and blue, but still to resemble a medieval tome from ancient times. The metal brads placed in the corners and the lock have a patina to fit the overall antique look of this book. The brads will allow it to lay flat when opened but the surface of the covers will never enter in contact with the table and thus will protect the decoration from scratching. I saw this system used in old books and I just loved it.
The spine was designed to resemble that of an old book; The raised bands were obtained with strips of leather underneath the one that covers it. It is decorated by tooling and leather paint.
The book measures 10.2 x 7.3 inches (26 x 18.5 cm). You can order this book to be filled with artist quality paper OR with writing paper, as you choose. in both cases the edges will be toned in light brown to make the book block fit better the overall antique look of this book. The options of paper are:
1) Fabriano artist paper will give 104 pages (208 sides). The paper is white, slightly textured, hand torn and thick, it has 250 g/m² (for comparison, photocopy paper has 90 gsm). It is acid free, perfect for writing and sketching in any media, even watercolor.
2) The writing paper will give 170 pages (340 sides). It has 125 gsm, is white, hand torn and works for ink and dry media. Although thinner, this paper is also acid free and does not bleed through.
The end pages are made of beautiful marbled paper, blue with grey, white and gold veins. The headbands are hand sewn by me from blue and yellow-gold thread.
This journal lock book is an art object. You can use it as a family book or as a secret journal, either way, you will love it once you’ll meet it.