23 November 2013

Fairy Book: Brown and Grey

Here's the last of the batch of fairy books I made recently. I had originally been working on the green one I posted yesterday to keep for myself, but this one turned out so well, I think I'll keep it instead.

There was one more, but the leather I chose was quite thick, and too soft to easily pare down as much as I needed for these tiny books (I could have done it, but it would have taken way longer than it was worth). So I've set that last book aside and I'll finish it when I get to work on another project that involves paring leather.

22 November 2013

Fairy Books: Darker Blue and Green

A couple more fairy books. If you're interested in one, let me know. I'm going to offer them at a big discount from now until the craft fair next weekend.

I think regular price will be somewhere around $50 (Can/USD), which is still a pretty good deal considering how much work goes into them (I'll have a post up in a few days showing the whole process). But from now until Friday, November 29, 2013, they'll be $25 plus shipping.

Or, if you make miniature books, maybe we can do a trade.

21 November 2013

Fairy Books: Blue and Green

Two more miniature books from the recent batch. The reason I keep calling them fairy books is because I was asked to make miniature books that looked like they came from Fairyland. Because, of course, not all fairies are tiny.

When I was doing the covers on the two from yesterday, I cut flowers out from the same paper I used for the endsheets. I realized this would work with the book above, too. For the next one, though, a motif from the cover worked better for the spine, and then I let the patterned cover stand on its own.

When I made this one, I picked the endpapers first based mostly on the size of the pattern rather than on the colour. It proved difficult to find leather and cover paper to go with it. I like how the leather and the endpapers go together, and how the cover paper and the leather goes, but I'm not sure all three are the best match. If I had to change one, I'd change the endpapers, because I really like how the cover looks. I don't hate the endpapers, I just wish I'd chosen differently.

20 November 2013

Fairy Books: Pink and Lilac

A while back, I had a request to make some tiny books that looked like they came from fairyland. In a few days, I'll post the in-progress shots I took and explain how they were made, but for now, here are pictures of the first two, made for my cousin's girls.

I'm not the biggest fan of pink, but I'm really pleased with how this turned out, and I'm glad I decided to cut flowers from the same paper I used for the endpapers to put on the cover and spine.

I had focus issues with the shots I took of the lilac book, and even with photoshop I couldn't quite get the colour right -- it's still too blue -- but the book itself turned out really well. I wasn't sure about the white leather, but I love how it ended up (originally I was going to use purple leather and a different cover paper, but I couldn't get the leather).

05 November 2013


I'm feeling wintery, so here's a jackalope in the snow.