I made this guestbook with 96 pages of the Bindery’s 150gsm Drawing Cartridge, hardbound with double-thickness boards in a stunning Irish linen buckram. On the front cover, I added three separately-inset illustrations by Julie Carpentier. These are black line drawings with background splashes of orange, green, and yellow, printed onto white cotton. Each shows a different beetle:
- Tiger Beetle: cicindela nitida;
- Man-faced Beetle: catacanthus incarnatus;
- Colorado Potato Beetle (in French, on the fabric: “doryphore”): leptinotarsa decemlineata.
The largest (central) inset was hand-embellished above and below, with gold-coloured foil flourishes.
For the bookmark, I chose a bold orange satin ribbon to complement the illustrations; and added my usual silvery bumblebee charm on the free end.