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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Phoenix book (img heavy!) on: October 25, 2008 10:00:30 AM
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  Undecided

In any case, I'm pretty proud of it  Grin. 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!


Opening page

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!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Faerie house/glen --- picture-replete on: August 11, 2008 08:57:20 PM
Huzzah, my first posted project! *is very excited* I searched faerie houses/hutches and they all seemed to be in this forum, so I'm hoping this is the right place to put it. Made Christmas '07 for my little sister, who doesn't play with it since it came a few Christmases too late (just when I get around to finishing, she decides to become a teenager Tongue). I hope you enjoy!

Front view of the house/glen.
The base is a section of tree trunk I bought at some craft store or other, covered in some once-green Spanish moss. The patches of "garden" are from a bunch of dried flowers a friend gave me, and the stepping stones are white beach stones I collected. All are glued to the base of the moss using much Tacky.

Back view of the house/glen, with my hand for size reference. The butterfly on the main part of the house, which is made of half of a coconut, is woodburned in.

The little house, close up (sorry for the fuzziness). This was made of a coconut I bought at the grocery store that I cut in half with a small hand-held saw, carved out with a grapefruit spoon (I shudder to remember how long that took), cut a doorway in, and filed the edges of. The design around the doorway is woodburned, though there isn't a door - I made one but just never attached it.
You can just see the welcome mat, which is a little scrap of leather with woodburned lettering. Oh yeah, and the chimney is a piece of bamboo.

Open! I painted the inside blue with clouds and made a little soot mark where the chimney comes out. The hinge is a long strip of leather that I superglued to the inside of the coconut and then nailed to the base before putting the moss on.

Fuzzy-ish closeup of the wishing well. Made of a wooden napkin ring and little stones, with drywall compound for molding. The roof is made of plain ol' twigs, and the crank is made of a toothpick or two with small ring-slices of bamboo.

Up it comes, a bucketfull of wishes . . . erm, I hope you wished for moss Smiley
The bucket is a hollowed-out acorn shell with a tiny forked twig handle, the string is silver embroidery thread, and there's a wire hook out of sight so that the bucket can come off the string. 

Whew! Just a few more pics.

The treemushroom house! I took a baby food jar and glued the lid to the inside of another (tinier) coconut shell. I then glued the jar to a mini flower pot and covered them in drywall compound and Elmer's glue, leaving "windows" in the paste.
Nope, no idea how anything'd get in there (or breathe once they got in lol), but it's my favorite part next to the well.

The mailbox is visible from this photo too - it's a stick and two halves of a piece of bamboo. There's a little message inside, which was my Christmas card to my sister Smiley

Aaaaaand . . .

The bottom! Done about a year before the rest. A woodburned (and slightly inaccurate) copy of Robert Graves' poem, "I'd Love to Be a Fairy's Child. "

I'd love to hear what you think!
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Salutations (and some other fluffy words) from Massachusetts :] on: July 17, 2008 09:32:22 AM
Greetings from the east coast of the US! My name is Ether (or Tree, or whatever - forgive me, I'm a little paranoid about giving my real name out online, though I probably will later). I'm 19 and live somewhat near Boston.

May I at once announce that craftster is quickly becoming my favorite site.  I've known about it for a few months, but didn't actually start exploring until a few days ago. A. Maze. Ing! I am in awe of everyone and everything here.

My craftendency: anything that catches my imagination. Lately origami, fabric paint and recycled materials, but I'm also into more studio arts like sculpture, oil painting and black and white photography. I'm also a big fan of mixed media, both in practice and in principle.
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