Wandering Camera – Magician’s Bookshelf

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

Magician’s Bookshelf Print on Etsy

 

Hi Everyone!  Welcome to Wandering Camera.  I am really excited to share photos of this painted bookshelf with you this month.  I love the romantics of magic and decided to embark on a journey of painting a magic alphabet series.  I chose B for bookshelf. Specifically, a magician’s bookshelf.   I love to and tend to do a lot of research for my work.   I had a fantastic time looking into alchemy and magic.

 

 

 

York Cathedral | Whims And Fancies

 

York Cathedral, England, 2016

 

 

I looked into my vault of travel photos for stonework depicting vines and leaves.

 

 

St. Clement's Church, Isle Of Harris, Scotland | Whims And Fancies

 

St. Clement’s Church, Scotland, 2018

 

Nothing says magic to me more than stone.  These are two of the photos I used for reference.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Before I started inking the drawing, I practised on a separate piece of paper with a dip pen.  Unfortunately, the rough surface of the cold press paper that I used kept catching the pen too much, causing very uneven lines instead of the smooth and controlled lines that I wanted.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I switched to a very small brush which glided easily on the paper.  I was able to create controlled and tiny strokes for the cross hatching using waterproof Speedball Super Black india ink.

However, inks are very harsh on brushes.  I learned that the hard way after almost destroying the first one.  Brushes need to be cleaned quite often with a good brush soap.  Also, instead of my gentle watercolour brushes, I will be using a little stiffer acrylic ones for inking.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

It took me awhile to draw those tiny cross hatch marks.  It was quite meditative.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Then, early December, I started painting.  I wanted the stone bookshelf to be illuminated by candlelight.  Using warm yellows and warm browns, gently and slowly, I finished painting the bookshelf.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

Magician’s Bookshelf Print on Etsy

 

I thought of painting all the books in one colour, but that seemed very boring.   Magic should be exciting!  So I decided to match the colours of the books with their titles.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I would love to paint this bookshelf larger one day and add more details to the book spines.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

Magician’s Bookshelf Print on Etsy

 

The ancient and wise raven watches over both the books and the magician.  Even though she is candlelit,  she also glows from within.

 

 

 

Magician’s Bookshelf Print on Etsy

 

Quoting my friend Dixie – a bibliotheque filled with books on practical magic, spells, and alchemy.  I would so love to take a peek at these books.  If only I too was made of ink and paper!

 

I love stories, as you well know, and this fantasy and fairy tale-inspired art print is great for any book lover.  Also, the candlelit stone-art bookshelf full of spell books for wizards would make lovely library decor.

 

Print of Magician’s Bookshelf is available on Etsy.  Free shipping to all US orders.

 

-Soma

 

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Tweed Journal Cover

Harris Tweed Journal Notebook Cover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I had planned on making a bag and writing a new pattern last week.  Except last week was fraught with frustration concerning a simple industry-standard modification that I wanted done to my web hosting account.  After 3 days of continuous circulatory, nonsensical conversation with tech support, I decided to move my account to another company altogether.  This was long overdue. Working over the weekend with the wonderful support group of this new company, my websites were moved to their new home.

 

By Monday though, I was in need of a break. 

 

 

Harris Tweed Journal Notebook Cover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This is the set of tweed cloth I got from Isle of Harris.  By the way, photos do not do Harris Tweed justice.  There is so much texture and detail in the weaves, it really needs to be experienced in person. 

I want to make a larger work out of this, but on Monday I wanted to work on something incredibly simple.  So, I made a cover for my travel notebook using one of these pieces.

 

 

Harris Tweed Journal Notebook Cover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I like my bags, covers, etc. to have lining and not have the raw edges show.  After choosing the lining and the inside cover fabrics to complement the outer tweed and figuring out the measurements, I finished this cover in no time. 

 

 

Harris Tweed Journal Notebook Cover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Originally I wanted to save the labels for the larger projects.  My husband, however, insisted that I sew the label on this cover.  I am glad he did.  As I had already finished making the cover, I used Heat ‘N Bond to secure the label on the cover, which worked very well.

 

 

Harris Tweed Journal Notebook Cover | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I love the A6 format notebooks for my travel planning. It’s a great size to pop into my bag/backpack along with a map, and I don’t have to carry the heavy travel book everywhere with me. My little travel notebooks get exposed to all sorts of rough-and-tumble weather conditions.  Now they will be more protected.  Also, it seems fitting that  they now have a cover made from material that I got while travelling.  I know I will be making more of these.

 

-Soma

 

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