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 brown leather, hand tooled and decorated with leather paints, and antiqued to have an old finish. The journal locks with a antique black 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 Fabriano artist paper and has 104 pages (208 sides). The paper is white, slightly textured, hand torn and has 250 g/m². It is a thick paper, acid free perfect for writing and sketching in any media, even watercolor. The edges of the bookblock have been toned brown to better fit the antique overall look of this book.
The endpages are made of marbled paper with yellow, red and ocher veins on a brown background.
This book is an art object. Yoiu can use it as a magic journal, a book of spells, a secret place to keep your thoughts... It will serve you for a long time!