Golden Cranes Journal

Golden Cranes Journal handmade by book artist Ruth Bleakley - 5

This is a very special journal I made all in one go. By that I mean, I was “in the crunch” for at least 8 hours putting the finishing touches on it, adding gold leaf, cutting out birds with an exacto knife, hand-painting in tiny bird beaks. Also somehow I managed to make it without taking any photos of the process at all. Maybe that was intentional? Although I love taking process photos, sometimes I think, “I just wanna make this journal and not document it at all”, (and then 2 years later I try to write a blog post and have no content, haha). I do know I started with a marbled journal, added gold leaf, and then hand-cut the cranes similar to the way I did for the Secret Belgian Binding class I did with Holly Fouts. I sealed everything with a satin acrylic varnish and the book is best viewed sitting open, because the cranes and the gold flow from cover to cover. Beautiful! Too beautiful to write in! haha, I know how you feel. I’m going to keep this one in my personal collection, it’s not for sale.

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Even though I took absolutely no photos of the process of making this beautiful journal I did, however, take THIS photo on the same day at lunchtime. It shows how these tiny pasta tubes fused themselves together in the pan into a honeycomb shape, all by themselves. SO WEIRD. (on a side note, isn’t Italian bronze cut pasta the best?!):

pasta honeycomb

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