"The Turquoise" - Leather Journal with Lock and Key, Blue and Green Leather
This book is the bold version of my traditional leather journal with lock and key. It was designed using brighter and more vivid colors in a rich chromatic harmony based on colors green and blue, but still to resemble a medieval tome from ancient times. The metal brads placed in the corners and the lock have a patina to fit the overall antique look of this book. The brads will allow it to lay flat when opened but the surface of the covers 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.
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). This paper is warm white, slightly textured, hand torn and thick, it has 200 g/m². It is acid free, perfect for writing and sketching in any media, even watercolor. In case you want to use this as a photo album, the paper is chlorine-free so your photos will be safe from aging inside it. The edges of the bookblock have been given a brown color to look aged and thus fit the overall old look of this book.
The end pages are made of blue decorative paper. The headbands are hand sewn by me from blue and yellow-gold thread.
This journal is an art object. You can use it as a family book or as a secret journal, even as sketchbook or a photo album due to its heavy weight paper, either way, you will love it once you’ll meet it.