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This is a small squarish journal made of vintage black leather. It was designed to seem an magic little book with ancient, but at the same time precious aspect. I love the contrast between the black leather and the golden fittings.

The leather of the covers is provenient from a vintage handbag that I bought some time ago on a fair in Porto. The leather is very healthy and I preserved its original aspect entirely, the only addition that I made being the tooled line around a part of the edges.

The mysterious aspect of this little book is enhanced by the miniature golden metal hinges and corners.

The leather used for the spine is black and painted by me with leather paints. The spine was made to resemble a real book, the relief on the spine being obtained with other stripes of leather underneath.

The paper is itself an artwork, as I made everything possible using with ink and acrylics to make it seem old and dirty (see last photo). Some pages are lighter, others are darker but you will always be able to write down on it.
The book has a total of 132 pages (264 sides). The paper has 100 gsm and will work for writing and sketching in ink and dry media as long as you don't mind the stained aspect.

This little book measures ~3.5 x 4 inches (9 x 9.8 cm).

The binding is longstitch, made with natural linen thread.
The endpages are made of beautiful black parchment paper with screen-printed gold flower pattern.

This little journal is an art object. You will definitely love it once you’ll meet it.

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Vintage Leather Journal with Fittings, The Square Black Book


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: leather, paper, thread, metal hinges, brads, corners
  • Ships worldwide from Portugal
  • Feedback: 502 reviews
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