Oct 19, 2011

just books

today seems like a good day to write. the baby is fast asleep and my table is clean ... CLEAN!! but my house is still in a mess ... UGH! it's amazing how little time i have now, that i have to consciously "make time" for this and for that. that reminds me ... i need to make time for gym. i haven't lost my preggie fat AT ALL!! that is BAD!! well, i better not complain too much, at least i have time to make art, even if i have to use sleep time for that :)

and yes ... i have been making lots of it. books mainly. big and small. wearable and not.

these two are "newly out from the oven" ...

i guess i dun have to tell you where the inspiration for the Son of Numenor came from :) but if you want to know ... here are some small prints for you ...

… It is said that the descendents of Numenor possess the gift of longevity. It was bestowed upon them by the Valar, the Elder Elves who live in the Ancient West. By the Grace of the Valar, the line of Elros was also given the privilege as the race who would rule the Kingdom of Men. However, in time, the Numenoreans became arrogant and desired immortality, so they called for a rebellion against the Valar. That action led to the downfall of Numenor and the King of Men were exiled to Middle Earth. As time passed, the race of the Kings faded into legend … or so it was thought. There is however, a last surviving royal bloodline of Numenor. He is Aragorn, son of Arathorn, who would in time ascend to his rightful place on throne of the White City of Gondor …

the Book of the Brotherhood is something like my Book of Celts, only the motif is a Celtic Cross, my newest illustration made into a rubber stamp. i am so pleased with it!! this design seem to sell quite well ... as i was uploading this image, a message popped into my email and told me that someone from Australia bought it :) YAY!!!

the next three were commissions ...

Tales from Faraway is another favourite design of many :) i love this too ... maybe i'm was an explorer in my previous life ...

Dream Keeper is a little darker ... it was inspired by the client's love for skulls, hearts and quirky dark Gothicism (if that's a word) :) the papers in this one is artist quality 160gsm white paper.

ooo ... Book of Massacres ... a huge book measuring 16.5 x 12.5 inches ... not something that i would normally create but it was a fantastic challenge and lots of fun! albeit creepy at times! my client wanted a sketch book inspired by his favourite band. i had to tell Llara that is was chocolate-strawberry sauce when she asked what's that dripping out of the clock :) so as not to creep her out :) dunno if she believed me tho ...

those were the big dudes ... and here are some little ones :)



i am quite certain that books are my calling now ... they give me so much contentment!!

the baby is still asleep!! yippee!!! off to make some more :)

24 comments:

  1. Wonderful interesting inspiring read and exquisite creations!

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  2. Stunning, all of them, but my fave has to be tales from faraway, I'm completely in love!

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  3. Those books are absolutely amazing- you're very talented! I would love to be able to make something like that! (I tried last month, but that was a horrible fail). Would you ever consider posting a tutorial?

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  4. L-absolutley amazing - what diversity - in size and inspiration - each one inviting the viewer to look closer. The Book of Massacres is a little challenging - very goth. And as always I love your small wearable jewel-like books. Glad you have been able to make at whilst baby sleeps. Go well. B

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  5. Wonderful work and so inspired! Laura

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  6. Un-Be-Liev-Able!!! Sooooo gorgeous. They all just take my breath away.

    ~Linda

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  7. Beautiful, Luthien, as always. You really seem to be inspired with your wonderful books. XXOO

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  8. Oh my - they just blow me away!! Your talent and imagination are so exceptional!

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  9. They are not Just Books, they are amazing, wonderful artistic creations and when I visit you I am always blown away by your talent. take care sweet one.

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  10. I have to agree with everyone--amazing!!

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  11. It's amazing how you can be so creative and imaginative with a baby around. Your books are exquisite Luthien.

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  12. Luthien dear, your work is amazing as always! Gosh, I can so relate to you...the times when the baby is asleep can be pure gold! Hahaa! Well I'm glad your baby is happy and healthy. And it seems that you are too! (^_^)

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  13. Large or small, your books are always exquisite!

    I think you've definitely found you calling, and there are so many creative paths your books may take you...! It's so inspiring following your journey xx

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  14. Wow girl you know how to use your time!!Bravo!!These books are amazing...Dream Keeper is just..Wow!!Your work is always so inspiring!!Hugs,Cat

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  15. Luthien No one I know can captivate the book majic as you do - they are beyond stunning. I could admire them for hours!
    Congratulations on such workwomanship
    and your artistic talent!
    Hugs,
    Suzy

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  16. I'm delighted to have discovered your Beautiful Blog this Evening, your Creations are fabulous!

    And your sweet little Miracle Maia is ADORABLE!!!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  17. Luthien your books are always so amazing and inspiring. I think you should write a book showcasing your work and maybe illustrating some of your techniques, because you have mastered them. You could even teach classes. I don't believe there is anything on the market teaching how to make them. Gorgeous!!xo

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  18. Words escape me whilst drool lingers on my keyboards! Catching up while being gone for 10 days. The uniqueness is always over the top and awe inspiring.

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  19. Your altered art is so exceptional.
    I love this magical books you create.
    Happy Halloween and a gorgeous night
    Janine

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  20. Thank you for coming by my Halloween Post and leaving such a sweet comment about my Grandchildren. Yes, we are having a delightful time celebrating the Season.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  21. Oh I'm so glad Tracy asked you to make a book for Sue's birthday (the dream keeper) - I hadn't come across your blog, or your books before and they are AmAzIng!!! Glad Sue gave you a head's up :)

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  22. Whoa !!! You are really super !!
    Love all the books and the little books you make.

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  23. Whoa !!! You are really super !!
    Love all the books and the little books you make.

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xoxoxo
Luthien :)