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These Captivating Books Tell An Amazing Story On Their Covers Alone

We”re often told it”s what”s inside a book that counts, and not to judge books by their covers. Yet in the case of artist Aniko Kolesnikova, it”s perfectly alright to fall in love with the cover first. Kolesnikova creates polymer clay covers for journals, changing them from average-looking books into magical tomes that look like they might hold a world of secrets.

Kolesnikova”s art was actually born out of a tough time; after being laid off from her full-time job, she began looking into making crafts as a source of income. With the help of some other artists that she met online, Kolesnikova began sculpting with polymer clay and quickly fell in love.

“The idea of sculpting anything you want captured my mind,” she says. She started off making jewelry and decorative boxes, but eventually got the idea to make cover plates for journals. “Journals became the most important part of my creative life,” she says, “although I still make jewelry pieces and sometimes do some commission jewelry boxes, mirrors, and other accessories.”

Dew drops are created using glue. Each petal and leaf is created by cutting out clay from a rolled-out sheet of clay. Details are carved with metal tools.

Dew drops are created using glue. Each petal and leaf is created by cutting out clay from a rolled-out sheet of clay. Details are carved with metal tools.

Watch the creation of this floral journal here.

Since she uses clay, the possibilities are endless.

Since she uses clay, the possibilities are endless.

In case you”re wondering, these polymer additions are actually fairly lightweight, as it”s a plastic-based material. They”re also fairly durable. Each cover is attached to the journal”s cover with strong glue. There is a little added weight, though, but Kolesnikova feels that this weight adds a sense of importance to the book.

In addition to the clay and glue, Kolesnikova also adds details like glass beads, eyes, and other sparkly accessories.

In addition to the clay and glue, Kolesnikova also adds details like glass beads, eyes, and other sparkly accessories.

This is the first journal that Kolesnikova created. She was inspired by a piece of men”s jewelry.

This is the first journal that Kolesnikova created. She was inspired by a piece of men

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You can see much more of Kolesnikova”s work on her website and Flickr page. You can also check out some of her cool video tutorials on her YouTube channel.

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