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Book of Grace by Majnouna Book of Grace by Majnouna
In the absence of a computer, I rediscovered the joys of bookbinding :)

Hardcover, 20 x 20 cm, glue-bound, 50 pages (90 g) with 4 spacing papers. Painted cover paper (it has a shimmery effect that may not be clear in the photo) with painted and varnished polymer clay ornament. For sale on Etsy: [link]

The name of the book comes from the ornament, which spells ???? ne3mat or "Grace" (as in divine grace) in Square Kufi of my composition. This is one of a series of words traditionally used as calligraphic motifs, redesigned everytime to fit a style or medium. Here I made the word form a rectangle which, duplicated with 3 lines of dots (some of which are to be read, others just ornamental), form a perfect square.
The design is such that the book can be used in the Western direction (cover on the left) or rotated and used in an Eastern direction (cover on the right).

It is by sheer synchronicity that I came up with and made this on Wednesday, just before the bomb exploded.
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nk-chan Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh, I love the texture of the clay! It looks like fat, soft leather sewn to it or something. The spacers are great too, I love the paper and the orange paint.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
Nice! :nod: Thanks for the comment!
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redchinese Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Student General Artist
you've use some beautiful patterns
very nice :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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redchinese Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Student General Artist
np ;P
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
SO the individual squares are made of polymer clay?
sold already?!?! Understandable becuse of it's beauty. (what was the price if I may ask?)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
That's actually an illusion – it's one large square of polymer clay, gridded to look like individual squares. Amazingly enough it's sold already, but I'm working on more in this style. It was $25 :)
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
but I don't think "grace" really fits me [grin] I am more about "A Diffrent Path"
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
So something like "unique" would work, then? ;)
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
absolutely.
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