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Shadow Fairy Tales by Maylar Shadow Fairy Tales by Maylar
Here comes something special, in many ways :)

My dear friends, I'm presenting you the shadows of your favorite fairy tales, all packed in a book no higher than 1cm ^^

It took me pretty much time to make this book, for various reasons, of which it being hard to make is not the smallest one. Still, it was a great enjoyment working on it, as you might imagine.

There's 29 fairy tales all in all (number I chose on purpose) and two decorative illustrations on the first and last page (castle and the dragon).

All here is made basically from the scratch: thread needed to be hand threaded and waxed (I found no such small to buy), pages had to be dyed in Earl Grey and special mixture of glues (to protect from ink coming on the other side), endpapers had to be dyed too, wrapping material for the covers is also a specially prepared paper, so it would resemble leather. Also, every "damage", scratch, cut or a stain on the covers or inside is actually carefully made, so the book would give the effect of frequent use and age. Not to mention that every illustration is also hand draw/inked, of course :)

I included titles the fairy tales above every image, even most of them don't really need some special introduction...most of us were sent to the dreamland with some of it, every night of our childhood :) I hope this will give you nice memories on those times :)

For me, this book represents two more things: first, the beginning of one project I'm planing for some time now, but that will be presented to you in next couple of days in my journal (keep an eye to it). Let's just say there will be a contest, but that it will also give you a chance to help someone, too :)

Second, for me, it's another small victory over my some of you know, last month was bad and working on this, whenever I could afford it, kept me from going into dark thoughts. With every page finished, I would thought "Ok, I still got it, still can do it..." and it kept me pushing to do even can see some of the images are a bit shaky and that's because those are the one done while under asthma attacks...I could have replace them, but didn't... those are the one I'm kinda most proud off ;)

Photos are bit worse quality than usual, too, for the same reason...I had to do the whole photographing and making of the video in bed, so quality is far from usual quality. Sorry for that.

If you would still like to check the video, it's on YT, here: [link]

And that's that...after this long comment, I can just add: I really hope you like it :)
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maylin-15 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Amazing skill!
Maylar Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
maylin-15 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
:D your welcome :D
TomRam Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
This is gorgeous! I want one!
Maylar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional General Artist

Thank you! ^^ And you can note me, if you would like one.

Also, you might like to know I'm currently running a small discount and always give free shipping ;)

The-Sea-of-Eternity Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Way cool
FreakShowKustomz Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
u have way to much time for this....,.but we love you for it :)
Maylar Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heh, almost all my time is invested in my art, so...
And thank you :hug:
FreakShowKustomz Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol no prob :)
Titansarecool Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Holy Mother of God this is freaking amazing!!!!! :D
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