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« 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!
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2008 10:19:26 AM »

Wow, beautiful project! I so wish i could swap already, there are so many great swaps going now...
I like what you did with the pages, the decorations look gorgeous. I like your drawing style.

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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2008 10:37:17 AM »

Thanks! I considered putting it in the More Art, Less Craft forum because the illustrations were most of the work. Maybe I should have. Oh well, it's a book after all.

I know what you mean about the swaps - there are about five that I'm dying to join, but I'm holding back because I have too much on my plate right now. I hope you get to swap soon!
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2008 01:26:16 PM »

amazing, thats honestly amazing. I hit this rocks by the way.
*peers at tiny writing* what are the chances of getting copies of the poems? lol, Id love the book, but I cant see your partner giving it up  Grin


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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2008 04:01:34 PM »

I have all the poems in the book in a word document - it took me forever to find them all, let me tell you  Tongue. I can try to figure out a way to link them to you . . . maybe I could put them on zoho writer or something, if I can ever remember my account name! If I can't though, you could try just googling each poem - I put the author and title of each poem above the images that correspond to them Smiley I think most if not all of the copyrights have expired, too ^ ^
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2008 12:05:54 AM »

That's seriously amazing. It's great to get to see all the pages. Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2008 04:07:47 AM »

That is really awesome!

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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2008 05:13:37 AM »

What a fantastic project! I love the way you made the pages and the pockets one and the same.
I bet she loved it!

« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2008 08:03:48 AM »

MonkeyThumb: Thank you so much!

Foxlet:  Thanks!  Cheesy I absolutely loved that swap. I can't wait till round 2!

crazyda79: Gracias ^ ^

Verde: Thank you! The pockets were actually the products of a bunch of obstacles, like how to double-side the printing just right and the fact that I didn't have time to do color illustrations, as I had originally wanted. I think I like them better than color illustrations now ^ ^ (and yes, she does love it - I was so happy to hear how excited she was to receive it!).
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2008 07:14:55 PM »

This is awesome.  Cheesy

« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2008 08:42:03 PM »

MonkeyThumb: Egad, thank you so much!  Grin I would put it in my favorites made by me, but I don't have Fo'C status yet  Undecided

mochaxlight: Thank you!
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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2008 04:50:41 AM »

Verde: Thank you! The pockets were actually the products of a bunch of obstacles, like how to double-side the printing just right

Hehee - I was wondering about that, too!

Isn't it great how problems turn into individual charms!

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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2008 09:47:01 AM »

Beautiful illustrations.  A wonderful craft for your partner.  Lucky lucky partner.  I'm a big phoenix fan myself.  And that Dickinson poem is one of my most favorite poems!  I did a tote bag with that first line on one side, and a bird in a cherry blossom branch on the other.

Beautiful beautiful!
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2008 12:15:01 PM »

Verde: Haha yes. I think that's where humor originates from too  Smiley

Fatewineroses: Thank you! I love that poem too, and that tote bag sounds quite enviable indeed! Did you post it??
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2008 06:13:31 AM »

Oh my golly gosh, this is just stunning and beautiful and amazing! Your partner is so lucky!
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2008 02:14:15 PM »

Wow.  Just wow.  This is amazing.  The illustrations are beautiful and black was a great choice for them.    Smiley

I gotta try that candle trick, too; I love the effect.

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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2008 09:34:05 AM »

This was your first book?  No way!  You did such a great job!  I love that the pages look old and kind of burnt in spots.  Your swap partner will be very lucky to own this.

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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2009 07:29:43 PM »

Sorry to not have responded sooner! I fear college applications have kept me away from Craftster CryCheesy

bexieboo: Thank you so much!  Grin

cubancracker: Thank you! ^ ^ The candle part was fun, but tricky to control. I think next time I might dampen the pages a little to see if I can get more brown and less disintegration - the pages are a bit weak in places :/

witchytree: Thank you so much! She loved it, so I was quite happy indeed  Cheesy
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