Monday, December 21, 2009

Ex Libris for To Boldly Fold

New things have been a-brewing.

I mentioned in my last post that it was about time for a new sketchbook, and I went with something different this time around! It's a gorgeous, handbound, leather softcover sketchbook made by a good friend of mine, Melissa Chao (To Boldly Fold), who sells her books on Etsy. Let me tell you, it is a dream to draw and paint in. You'll be seeing some new things from that sketchbook in the near future.

So! Melissa recently asked me to create some creature & nature themed illustrations to use as 3x4" bookplates in a limited run of her books, and of course I agreed! Nature, creatures, beautiful sketchbooks, need I say more? I came up with some sketches, Mel chose her favorite 5, and I took those 5 to final.

Have a look!

Ex Libris - Fox

Ex Libris - Bat

Ex Libris - Owls

Ex Libris - Buck

Ex Libris - Tree

And for fun, I've put together all the images from sketch to finish! Click the image below to view larger:

Ex Libris - All Together Now

From sketch to finish, the whole project took about 2 weeks. It was tremendously fun! Maybe in the future I'll do a few more paintings based on some of the sketches that weren't used.

Anyway, if you'd like to support a talented independent crafter and buy a handmade book from Mel Chao, visit her Etsy shop! And of course, I'll keep you posted on when those bookplates will become available!


  1. Yay Nancy! The bookplates should be available in the next couple weeks. I'll be posting as soon as I get some more paper and get a photo shoot done. Wahoo! Thanks again for your beautiful work!


    These are so good.

    So good.





  3. Thumbs way up Mizz Muller, these are fantastic.

  4. THE BAT! It is my favorite. I didn't even really like bats, but your skills have endeared this one to me. Fabulous job on all of them, and an exciting collaboration by 2 talented people!

  5. I really love the owls. They're so pretty... =3 All of your works are pretty, though. HEHEHEHE. ^-^

  6. Thanks chaps! I need to draw animals more often, I think, I was pretty out of practice before these.

  7. Oooohhhh nancy these are just fantastic!!! My absolute favourite is the last one with the owls, really delightful colours in that one.
    But I think I enjoyed seeing all the little sketches in that very last image - wow!! so much time and work went into it!!!

    I love your style, so sweet :-)