This journal / blank book is bound in brown leather that was antiqued with patina to achieve an old look. It resembles a medieval tome found on a shelf from an old library.
The design is inspired from the bindings of the Middle Ages, where luxurious forms of cover decorations were used.
Here for the decoration were used antique unique brass pieces – a miniature sword with the head of a lion, ornate corners and center pieces resembling shields. The composition was created to look like a coat of arms, belonging to a royal family, looking powerful and imposing. 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. The book measures 10.2 x 7.3 inches (26 x 18.5 cm). It is filled with Fabriano artist paper and has 104 pages (208 sides). The paper is warm white, slightly textured, hand torn and thick, it has 250 gsm (for comparison, photocopy paper has 90 gsm). It is acid free, perfect for writing and sketching in any media, even watercolor. The end pages are made of beautiful marbled paper, brown with black, red and gold veins. The headbands are hand sewn by me from brown and golden-yellow silk thread. This journal is an art object.
You can use it as a family book or as a secret journal, even as sketchbook or an album due to its heavy weight paper, either way, you will love it once you’ll meet it.