This is a book made of natural leather that was hand dyed and antiqued to resemble a vintage piece of artwork, a medieval tome.
The decoration of the covers is made with silver leaf and transparent patinas.
The metal brads placed in the corners and the lock have a slight antiqued patina that I applied myself on the metal.
The brads will allow the book to open flat but its surface 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 with leather paints. The end pages are made of beautiful marbled paper, with black, gold and red veins. The headbands are hand sewn by me of brown and black linen thread.
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.
This journal 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.