Hi all! I want to share with you a book I made for the recent Book-Lovers Swap. My partner was really into phoenixes, so I decided to make her a collection of phoenix poems and literature with illustrations in the margins.
It was my first time bookbinding, so I decided to use a simple Japanese pillow-book style. Even so I messed up on it a little, though I managed to fix it up so that my mistake wasn't immediately apparent
In any case, I'm pretty proud of it . After printing out the pages on "parchment" calligraphy paper, I singed them using a candle and my own shaky judgment, then bound the book so that the edges of the pages were inside the binding and the creases were on the outside - forming a pocket between every other page. I glued the bottoms of the pockets, since I was going to put little phoenix treasures in them, and finally did the illustrations, sketching first in pencil and then going over them in Sakura micron pens.
I hope you like it!
Back of opening page and first poem - Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson.
Hans Christian Andersen - The Bird Phoenix
The Bird Phoenix, continued (I went a little overboard on the illustrations for this one).
An Allusion to the Phoenix by Michael Drayton and Morning Phoenix by Robert Graves <3
The Phoenix (from Nepenthe) by George Darley and Metric Figure by William Carlos Williams
From Dante's Inferno, Canto XXIV and Courage by Amelia Earhart
closeup of Courage
From Quotes on Hope by Sri Chinmoy and end page
Back of end page and cover
Finally, the book with all of the phoenix treasures that go in the pockets - three dyed, gold-painted feathers, a woodburned piece of birch bark, an origami phoenix ornament, a painting of the Egyptian Bennu Bird (the origin of the Western phoenix) on papyrus, a glycerin-preserved and painted yellow leaf, and a phoenix bookmark with the same marbled paper as the cover.
Comments and criticisms are loved!