Leather Journal / Magic Book with Lock and Key - Wheel of the Year
This journal was created on the theme of the Wheel of the Year. The binding is made of natural leather, hand tooled and decorated with leather paints, and antiqued to have an old finish. The journal locks with a lock and key so it can make a great secret diary or book of spells.
The thematic is mysterious, an historic symbolic representation of time divided into annual cycles. It is believed to have a sacred meaning. The names of the cycles were stamped onto the leather in Gothic characters. The symbols on the inner circle represent the zodiac signs. I used for this book soft chromatic harmonies, earthy colors such as the light cream of the natural leather, the brown painted areas and a few orange and black accents in the tooled decoration. The design is very detailed and the entire binding was made to look like a medieval magic book.
The book measures 10.2 x 7.3 inches (26 x 18.5 cm). It is filled with Modigliani artist quality paper and has 170 pages (340 sides). The paper is white, blank, it has 140 g/m², is hand torn and works for any media. This paper is acid free and does not bleed through.
The endpages are made of hand marbled paper. The headbands were hand sewn with brown and beige thread.
This book is an art object. You can use it as a magic journal, a book of spells, a secret place to keep your thoughts.