Finally, after nearly a whole month of doing nothing new, and especially doing nothing about my commission work, I had a chance to get back in the groove and get the cover art done for my Aunt Betty’s suede faerie journal. I used an extra fine black Sharpie for the first time (liked it) and then added silver sparkle with a gel pen. I used one of my avatars for inspiration, and it came out adorable!
My journals are completely enclosed because I like to do more than just write in my journals. They are intended to be a repository for keepsakes and found magical gifts from the faeries, so I make the cover generously overlap in the front and provide a cord that wraps around the entire journal. Additionally, the way I bind my books creates both this closure and a bookmarker all from a single length of cord. This means there are only two knots in the entire binding process – one to secure the bookmark and one to secure the closure. My journals simply do not come apart!
Now comes the fun of choosing charms for the closure and bookmark, and then as a special favor for my Aunt, I’m going to fill the volume with magical faerie oddments for her to enjoy—in between making the two books for her daughters.