a book of fairy tales

Leatherbound books!

the signs as fairy tale aesthetics
  • aries: stolen treasures, flashing swords and thunderstorms
  • taurus: wild woods, hidden curses and fur gowns
  • gemini: gingerbread cottages, wildflowers, and potion vials
  • cancer: glass slippers, enchanted springs and gemstones
  • leo: sleeping dragons, secret keys and gold crowns
  • virgo: pressed flowers, wild hair and fairy wings
  • libra: ermine trim, magic mirrors and a throne
  • scorpio: eternal love, haunted forests and crushed velvet
  • sagittarius: red roses, magic lamps and a castle steeped in fog
  • capricorn: swan feathers, ice palaces and a string of pearls
  • aquarius: leather-bound spell-books, wooden cabins and mason jars
  • pisces: mermaid tails, crescent moons and a raging sea
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Commission for a little canadian fabric shop. The whole composition is based on the original tales. This work really exausted me, the worst part was balance colors and composition, but at least i’m satisfied. Some zoom on the single character may help you see better all the details :)

“Fairies with gossamer wings,
Bring forth beauty, grace and joyful things.
Fairies of the earth are caretakers of our soil, water and trees,
They watch over beautiful creatures such as bears, bunnies and bees.
Fairies ask that you breathe in and appreciate the vantage point from which you stand,
Then trod carefully and respectfully with each intentional step you make across this beautiful land.”

“…tell me, do not you think me very ugly?”
“That is true,” said Beauty, “for I cannot tell a lie, but I believe you are very good natured.”

“So I am,” said the monster, “but then, besides my ugliness, I have no sense; I know very well, that I am a poor, silly, stupid creature.”

“‘Tis no sign of folly to think so,” replied Beauty, “for never did fool know this, or had so humble a conceit of his own understanding.”

“Eat then, Beauty,” said the monster, “and endeavor to amuse yourself in your palace, for everything here is yours, and I should be very uneasy, if you were not happy.”

—  Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, Beauty and the Beast
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Gandalf sat at the head of the party with the thirteen dwarves all round: and Bilbo sat on a stool at the fireside, nibbling at a biscuit (his appetite was quite taken away), and trying to look as if this was all perfectly ordinary and not in the least an adventure. The dwarves ate and ate, and talked and talked, and time got on.