This is the first of my naive Birds Notebook Covers.
I have used some of my hand-dyed fabrics, but you could use any fabric that you like.
The patch is raw-edged and fused to the cover, then the bird outline is embroidered in the hoop.
The bird could also be done as a raw-edge fused applique.
I have added a strip for the spine, incorporating a tab for your pen or pencil. There is also an elastic strap, holding the book together, when it is closed. The notebook that I am using is a spiral back A5 Visual Arts diary that I occasionally use to sketch ideas. Any A5 notebook will fit; it is also very easy to adapt the size to any other notebook.
The leaves are lantana leaves, painted on the back with Silver Lustre paint from Genesis Creations, an Australian company that specialises in Liquid Radiance fabric paints and conducts wonderful workshops teaching how to use their range of products.
The leaves are placed on the fabric, painted side down, covered with a sheet of paper and then rubbed to transfer the lustre to the fabric.