Crow Book IV

Posted: April 20, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Crow-Book-IV-edge-Mo-16Crow Book IV Mo16
Italian glove leather, linen thread, magnetic closure, hand deckled & painted edge
Crow-Book-IV-cover-detailmagnetic closure stitched in place with a pentacle
Crow-Book-IV-inside-Mo16for Old Man Crow
Crow-Book-IV-page-repair-Mo16page repair with handmade Japanese paper
Crow-Book-IV-bookmark-detail-Mo16plaited linen thread with one red glass bead bookmark
Crow-Book-VI-heart-detail2-Mo16full of heart Crow-Book-VI-closure-detail-Mo-16closure
here’s a link to see more of my handbound books

  1. margaret johnson says:

    oh, scrumptious Mo!!! Isn’t leather beautiful to work with. oxox

    • Mo Crow says:

      that Italian glove leather is the finest & blackest I have ever found & those leather needles you sent last year slide through it like butter, backing the leather with the bookbinders mull worked well for getting the edges to meet but next time I will try dressmaker’s interface as the weave of the mull distracts from the sensuous texture of the skin.

  2. arlee says:

    what a library of history you are making with/for the man!

  3. Eliene says:

    There are so many things I like about this book Mo….the end papers are beautiful, the magnetic pentacle closure,the black edges [so different to the gold]. I am sure Rod will find good words to put into it and so the collaboration continues.

    • Mo Crow says:

      there’s quite a few songs simmering on the back burner for The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow Volume 2 and I won’t tell you how many days it took to paint those edges! a sensible person would use a sponge and do it in an hour or two… I painted each nook and cranny of the ripped edges front and back with Art Spectrum artists pigmented ink (the darkest flattest black I have found) using a worn but still flicky fine sable that made for lots of blots and splatters that needed rectifying with white ink and graphite stars,clouds and rivulets!

  4. stitchingweaver says:

    This is so beautiful.. you always amaze me. Linda

  5. grace says:

    it IS Beauty Full, as is the Love

  6. deemallon says:

    so gorgeous, so stunning. so much energy and art building

  7. Sumptuous, what a splendour this book is! Swooning over the edges. Brava!

    • Mo Crow says:

      those edges… they took such a ridiculous amount of days to do! they became more meticulous with each page so it was very slow going yesterday, thought I would have it finished by dawn after starting just past midnight and ended up finishing at 4 in the afternoon!

  8. Julie Banks says:

    The intricacy of your work is amazing, Mo! xxx

  9. handstories says:

    full of heart is so right…just gorgeous. I can imagine holding it in both hands, and feeling the soft click of the closure…and those beautiful end papers…love.

  10. sue says:

    love beyond words! a great collection you have there too, i especially love ‘out of the blue’…gorgeous cover.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Sue, Trace Willans made Out of the Blue with gessoed paint rags, the cover is cold wax and indigo I just added a few stitched x’s, turquoise beads and feathers

  11. Carol says:

    ((((Mo)))) Absolutely beautiful! Perfect in every detail, and oh, those edges… The marbling is just right – did you do it?

  12. Fiona says:

    Ooh such beauty and mystery here – the softness of the leather can almost be felt thru the ether and across the oceans…

  13. Stunning work Mo . . . the endpapers alone are a work of art.

  14. ravenandsparrow says:

    A master work, Mo. The voluptuous quality of the painted edges begs to be touched. The soft blackness of the leather and the bountiful detailing are equally tactile and beguiling. How wonderful to make something so beautiful.

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