Binding the Crow Book – Part Two

Posted: June 17, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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preparing-for-stitchingsince my last post the leather on the covers dried enough to trim out, the black Somerset Velvet 245 gsm endpapers were pasted in, the text block edge was wrapped in leather and the first and last page waxed with Dorland’s cold wax medium to protect the page surface stitchingstitched with waxed black linen though the covers, then drilled the text block & stitched it in front cover boundthe crow book is bound and it feels amazing! back-cover-boundthe flaws in the leather turned into crows on the back cover Title-Pagethe talisman bookmark relates to The Stole of Bandaged Hearts x-and-heartthe red x stitched into the title page was where I got a little too enthusiastic with rubbing in the wax table-of-contentstable of contents and info page Requiem“Requiem” printed out beautifully on the A3+ double sided Premium Matte 50 pound ( 190gsm) Red River inkjet paper, over the next few weeks I will paint the little dashes of red gouache & go over each page with a magnifying glass for flaws, stray typos and making sure the digital files are all saved at the right size & format. Turn-the-Pagelove how “Turn the Page” works with the bookmark Crossroads-HotelCrossroads Hotel CD-pagethe back page with pockets ready for the 4 CDs this is the prototype to take along to Pure Colours Digital Imaging for printing the limited edition in August. We’re doing the happy dance here this morning & Ariel thinks we’re totally mad!

  1. bronwyn says:

    Looks AMAZING Mo, Can’t wait to see it!!

  2. Carol says:

    Excitement is contagious, Mo! Looking stunning! The cover is absolutely spectacular. You and Rod may be very proud.

  3. Eliene says:

    Beautifully done my friend………looks A M A Z I N G !!!

  4. margaret johnson says:

    Ahhh, scrumptious Mo ox

  5. jstockler says:

    I bet you will miss working on this.

    • Mo Crow says:

      I love this book but after hand colouring & making the 100 talisman bookmarks for the limited edition I will be ready to let it fly & the next one will be brewing!

  6. Marti says:

    Simply amazing; such magic in all of this as well as creativity, talent, hard work, vision, and most of all, love for this is a love story in song and drawing, in togetherness and continuity, in sharing and remembering, this is a lifetime treasure.

  7. deanna7trees says:

    amazing and magnificent. love seeing your process with this.

  8. a true labour of love – looks amazing Mo!

  9. handstories says:

    It’s great to be able to gobble up some of your details…how that wing wraps around is wonderful & I think the red ‘x’ is a very happy accident.

    • Mo Crow says:

      I should have read the instructions first on the cold wax, apparently it’s best applied in a thin layer and polished immeditaely, then repeated I left the first layer for for three hours thinking it needed to set for a day so it looks a bit antiqued and I feel good about the red x it connects with the red x’s in the illustrations that will be hand coloured over the next few weeks

  10. grace says:

    oh, eeeee….that soft slitty eyed kind….this is just beyond WonderFULL to look upon….
    am over and over so happy to be able to watch it come to be ready for Flight….
    You are Quite Something, Mo Crow

    • Mo Crow says:

      Y’know I can’t really look at it yet Grace ans neither can Old Man Crow, it just needs to sit for a bit now and settle before I go back in and hand colour the dashes of red here and there and do the final preparation of the digital files to take to the printer in late August, the good thing is there is plenty of time to get all the details perfect and making the 100 heart talisman bookmarks will be a joy.

  11. ravenandsparrow says:

    The blacks in your illustrations look so dark and rich.

  12. vdbolyard says:

    it looks great, and aren’t there way too many little details??? i can never believe all the things i overlook, and then they just have to be done. it looks good, though.

    • Mo Crow says:

      our friend Richard did a great job of editing on the second draft, found things like double spaces between words, apostrophes at the front of words (ie’round) that ended up upside down because the computer program had turned it into a single quotation mark instead, capitals for nouns as in Saturday etc etc and even so I still caught a few as I was printing this one… have an appointment with the optometrist next month so will do the final going over with new glasses, they always feel like a new set of eyes!

  13. Dotti says:

    OHH WOOW! This is just amazing stuff Mo! It is so real and genuine! It looks beautiful and clever and fantasic and it is amazing how you have captured the spirit of Old Man Crow! Go girlfriend!

  14. saskia says:

    excellent, brilliant, amazing, words fail me!

  15. fiona says:

    Oh Mo Mo Mo Mo Mo!!!!!! What a stupendous result – it looks amazing and just as it is meant to be. I completely understand the need to leave it alone and not look at it for a bit now. Just let it be. But my, the exuberance could be felt way up here – I’m so thrilled for you both! (apologies for overuse of !!!!!!!s but you get the feeling right?)

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