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Seal of Samhain by AnnEnchanted Seal of Samhain by AnnEnchanted
Handmade grimoire. 286 pages (front and back) of 140gsm paper. 5.75x8.75in / 14.5x22 cm.

The seal on the cover is based on the fourth pentacle of Mercury, from the Clavicula Solominis, which incites wisdom and hidden knowledge to come forth. The seal is lightly embossed into the cover. The versicle around the seal is based on seals for Mercury (top) and the Moon (bottom). The flap is an original spell about walking between worlds, the crossroads, and invitation to true sight. It is calligraphed in an antiquated gothic script.

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Felina-Luciana Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
quite cool ;)
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SkaeGreytail Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
 I'm just going to ask this out of curiosity. How exactly do you go about making these journals? I really want to make one for myself, but am unsure where to start or exactly the method to use. Feel free to pm me if that's preferable to you. Absolutely love this one, btw. Very nice job. ^^
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Hi! Thanks. Sorry for the delay (holidays, ya know.)
So, the signatures here are long-stitched and the book is a case binding, with an alteration for the extra flap layer. Here are some tutorials on that stuff, Link Link Link

In general I find that these methods are the easiest to deal with and produce a better, more flexible yet sturdy book, but other people prefer coptic binding. Tutorial for that Link

In general I would advise that, regardless of the method you choose to bind, the materials you choose to do it in is the most important part. Good luck, feel free to PM me if you have more questions about anything in particular.
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SkaeGreytail Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
 Wow. Thank you ^^ I plan on making myself a couple in the near future. I appreciate the help highly. :)
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013   General Artist
Epic design!! :D
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fanticyismine Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you get that seal pressed into the cover like that? beautiful work! :D
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D I scored it with a bone folder and alot of hand pressure. 
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SweetSurprise2012 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! :3
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE IT!  Star Rainbow 
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LucentWolf Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Oh wow. Very good work here. It's a little bit crisp, I'd like to see something more "worn" looking. This is just personal preference though. Otherwise, awesomely done. A quick glance at your etsy surprised me! Your price for this is refreshing, usually I could see this going for lots more. You have my interest, you might be seeing a future purchase from me. 

Again, beautiful work. 
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I appreciate that. I / we try to price the books to fit into the market appropriately, but also not be exorbitant. As a rule I try to look at it and go, "would I pay that much for something like this?" and go from there.

By worn do you mean kind of... sun faded in spots, or darkened at the edges? Maybe a fissure drawn with a craleque texture working out from it?
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LucentWolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Sun-fade would be nice, not such a uniform color over the entire thing. I did notice some darkened spots which were nice. Darkened edges/corners would be a good touch, maybe a bit of denting on the corners. Also, I really like the frayed page look? If I'm explaining it correctly. lol Mm, a lot of the big trilogy books from like Terry Brooks has the type of pages I'm referring to. It would be even nicer if they were yellowing! As for " a fissure drawn with a craleque texture working out from it ", I'm having trouble imagining this, but it sounds like it'd be an interesting addition! 

Other than all that, the belts would need some additions as well I think. Some tarnishing on the links, and something done with the bands.. I'm not sure what though, maybe would need to experiment with a different material. Just an over all aging effect on the grimoire. The spell and seal are amazingly done, I can't add anything on that!

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to overly critique here or anything either. You did very well with this piece. These are just little touches I'd personally like to see to give it an aged and worn look.
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I know just what you mean on every count... except for the bit about Terry Books, and I'll have to really try that on a book in the future. Thanks for all the input.

By craleque I mean like... except softer.
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SweetnSour333 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student Photographer
This is so COOL!!!!!! La la la la

The way you drew the seal and runes make it look like it's burnt on ... unless you did actually burn it on where in that case I was just not paying enough attention. DX I really like it!! ^-^
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

No burning on this one, the seal may look that way because, after I calligraphed the inkwork, I scored the canvas down.. which made it look a little pressed and smudged in.

The runes looking burnt is just a happy coincidence.
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SweetnSour333 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Photographer
I love those coincidences, They make me smile. ^-^
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