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Secret Seal Grimoire by AnnEnchanted Secret Seal Grimoire by AnnEnchanted
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Handmade Grimoire. The closing flap is an incantation written in a gothic script. Open, the front cover depicts a Seal of three. Inside are 286 pages, counted front and back, of unlined parchment. Journal measures 5.75x8.75in / 14.5x22 cm and weighs over a pound. The bookmark is braided natural shade hemp, accentuated with three wooden beads.

A Summary of the text.
Front Panel: an Invocation of Earth, Water, and Air into Mind, Body, Soul. Then calling for power and protection of what is to be written within.
Cover: The circle round is the basic form of what is written on the panel. The three sides of the triangle identify each as the elements, and each as Mind, Body, and Soul. The centre triangle represents the element last, Fire, which is the Will.
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talisath Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, nicely done!
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GatzBcn Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Do you always paint your books? That is amazing, my skills in painting/drawing are non-existent and I love the idea of combining bookbinding and drawing. I would be so scared, after all the work of bookbinding, to screw when I paint!!! :)
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Yes, technically all books are painted. The nude canvas is painted before binding. The real tough thing is inkwork or additional painting once the book is already bound.

It was pretty scary the first couple times, but I think my choice of mediums helped a little. It creates a kind of bridge to put canvas on the book covers because canvas invites me to paint it. Plus, all that fear of ruining it just makes me concentrate so hard. Like when I did the Oak King Grimoire, putting solid black ink to a blank orange canvas, knowing that as soon as I touched it with my quill I wouldn't be able to take back a single line... Well by the time I finished that cover I sat back up and found most of the day had passed and I had no idea!
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GatzBcn Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I really like your work :). I am sure your shop will be successful, I mean, even more than it already is ;). :clap:

I can imagine the fear of ruining... btw, I wonder, have you ever ruined a bound book? ;)
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013   Artisan Crafter
My first one was a disaster. It was the first incarnation of my Ouroboros book and I loved the artwork and the fact I was really going through the motions and binding a book. Only, turns out, I completely forgot to leave a space for the joints! There was no margin between the spine and the front and back covers. Consequently the book covers popped up from the text block and it was very sad. However, I decided to keep it and have since used it to sketch out construction concepts for all my following books. I call it the Book of Books (so terribly not clever, I know) and it's sort of a humbling reminder of my progress.

As far as ruining one while painting it... not really. I mean, there are a ton of little mistakes of course. Paint went one way and ruined the layering I had been building, the quill drops a giant ink blot while i'm trying to draw etc.. but I just always turn it into part of the work.
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GatzBcn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Mind if I ask you if you learnt somewhere? Or are you self taught? :)
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
A bit of column a, a bit of column b. I've always been art-inclined and have taken as many classes of the like as I could. The bookbinding in particular is a combination of family knowledge, book learning / internet research, and good ol creative process of elimination.

How about you?
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GatzBcn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Quite interesting! I learnt from two different teachers in México and I am planning to continue learning :). I do read from what I find online, but I would say I learnt mainly from someone.
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Katlinegrey Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Interesting idea!
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013   General Artist
I thought grimoires were bad news, or is that just what xenophobic nutcases like the witch hunters thought?
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Little bit of both. The technical definition of grimoire describes it as a manual, or textbook, of magical instructions. It has root in the word 'grammar' which is the 'study of' or 'body of rules' in language. Sometimes use of the word grimoire can indicate that the book itself possess intrinsic magical qualities, likely because it was made by someone who imbued it with those traits.

To be honest there is quite a substantial amount of old grimoires that are chock full of pure, undiluted crazy. There are just as many that read like quaint cookbooks of magic, and then others like read like science journals, explaining everything in clinical facts.

Personally I just love the word grimoire. Its got the good and the bad connotations and it rolls of the tongue nicely, I think. Besides, it is the only decent alternative to 'Book of Shadows'.
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013   General Artist
It's just that I've mostly heard of grimoire as in "Evil book that summons evil creatures.".
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
It's all alot more complicated than that, but I suppose the crux of it would boil down to a matter of perspective.
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013   General Artist
Yeah.
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lunarius-net Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Not only is this expertly made, but it's blatantly obvious just how much thought went into its creation.

Really, really masterful work.
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks such a wonderful compliment I don't even know what to say! So, just know you made me smile like an idiot and stare dumbly at this post for several minutes of mind-blank. Plainly put, I very much appreciate that, thank you. :D
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lunarius-net Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're very, very welcome!
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Gray-Vizard Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
looks like somthing from full metal alchemist
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Ohhhh I know what symbol you're talking about. I don't watch the show so I didn't catch it, but there are some similarities. They probably based their version of the seal on the old goetic grimoires just like I did. But really a triangle in a circle is a pretty standard base for alot of magical seals, you can find it alot of places.

Thanks for commenting :)
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Gray-Vizard Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
as i understand it the creator Arakawa Hiromu reasearched alchemy when he was working on the series

the funny thing is FMA was very high action series and his current work is about a kid who was doing the whole cram schoool thing (meaning he goes to another school after school then does 8 hours of homework) to a HS for farming
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93Snoopy93 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The link doesn't work... But if i had money, i'd definitely buy it!
AWESOME!
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I shouldn't post books in the middle of the night, makes for bad editing. The link should be working fine now. I appreciate your pointing that out. Really. Also, thanks for commenting and being awesome.
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93Snoopy93 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like very much your work! I'm here on DA becouse i like drawing and making stuff with paper and pencils too... So if i were a writer, i'd use one of your books for sure! How hard is binding a book by hand??
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Book binding is a series of many simple and easy steps, strung together to make something more complicated. Each individual step is easy to learn, particularly if you can find a tutorial with really slow and photographed directions. Or a video. When you want that book to be something else, like it has tooled leather, or a painting, or you start adding things such as extra flap covers like that monster I made up there... then it's as hard as you want to make it.

There are alot of tutorials if you dig around but I think I still have some beginner bookbinding tutorials, if you want links?
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93Snoopy93 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why not? You are so helpful! :) I can try!
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AnnEnchanted Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Longstitch Case Binding Link & Link

Coptic Binding Video Link

(First of) Series of Videos in pretty much real-time Link
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