Recently, I was gifted with several Monarch butterflies by a friend whoes parents picked them up off the ground (already deceased) in the 1960s while on vacation. I love the added touch to the cover.
I wrote this Steve Jobs' quote on both sides that reads "have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become".
and a close up of the cover.........
Just for fun, I thought I would share these before and after photos, they help demonstrate how the paper was dyed.
After soaking the paper in a water/alum mixture, I placed fresh plant material on the paper. Here you can see dark red rose petals, a hardy geranium leaf and a wild blackberry. After" smooshing" the pages together and steaming them for two hours, you get this.........................
Amazing, huh? The leaf printed yellow green, the dark red petals printed blue-ish purple and the berry printed a really nice dark red. I consider this my art/science project 'cause there is a lot of stuff going on in this process that I have not control over. No matter what you do, there will be surprises.
A little time consuming but so worthwhile.