Capturing the flavour of finely wrought Renaissance-style leather bindings, this journal cover pays homage to the craft of gold tooling. Handcrafted gold embellishments lent a lightness of design to European bookbinding that wasn’t found in medieval works.
- Original Art: Gold-tooled leather bindings
- Era: Contemporary art in a Renaissance style
- Region: Made in Canada with a European influence
The timeless beauty of an antique leather journal is brought into the present on the cover of this intricately embellished, leather-like cover.
Jade is a gorgeously coloured ornamental rock that is often used in Eastern art and design. With a delicate foliage pattern against a striking green background, this design pays homage to the craft of gold tooling and also to the Far East origins of the technique.
When we were first beginning to make Paperblanks journals, we found a piece of William Shakespeare’s handwriting and just knew it could become an inspiring journal cover. Soon we added designs featuring the writing of Ernest Hemingway and Jane Austen and created a series that would become our Embellished Manuscripts Collection. These first covers were minimalist designs with the literary manuscripts written in black ink against beige paper. Eventually, our creative urges started to take over and we sought to play around with the design by adding a gold frame.
Working from a photograph of a small piece of gorgeous gold embellishment, our Art Director created a full frame for the Shakespeare manuscript and highlighted it with a burnt orange background. Of course, our curiosity for what could come next didn’t stop there! By removing the manuscript we immediately saw the possibilities for a design inspired by classic Renaissance leather bindings. And thus, our foundational Old Leather Collection was born.
These days we are free to play around with frame shape and background colour, and this initial beige and black design continues to provide the backbone for two of our most enduringly popular collections.
|SIZE|| Width: 180mm (7")|
Height: 230mm (9")
Depth: 22mm (¾")
|SPACE BETWEEN LINES||8.11mm|
|LINES PER PAGE||25|
|PAGE COUNT||144 Pages|
|GSM (PAPER WEIGHT)||120|
Custom-Designed Laid Paper