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Fairytale Book Covers By Latvian Artist Aniko Kolesnikova
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Fairytale Book Covers By Latvian Artist Aniko Kolesnikova

Elaborate book covers have been Aniko Kolesnikova’s passion since 2009. The Latvian designer-artist, working under the name Mandarin Duck, specializes in creating dragon-, animal-, bird-, fantasy-, and nature-inspired polymer journals. She occasionally takes custom orders, too.

Bookbinding in the West is recorded from the 5th century onwards, although the earliest surviving book is the 8th-century St. Cuthbery Gospel. Books were bound in materials such as wood, leather, and cloth, but did you know that some books were also bound in human skin? This is called anthropodermic bibliopegy.

Kolesnikova has made YouTube tutorials on journal cover design too, so if binding with skin isn’t your thing, she’ll teach you how to do it with polymer. Check out some of her work below:

More info: Etsymandarin-duck.com | Facebook | YouTube

Frog

“My amazing journey of discovery as a sculptor began 6-7 years ago when Chris Wildhaber Kapono from Deviantart inspired me to start working with polymer clay,” Kolesnikova told Bored Panda

 Owl

Indian Elephant

“I get many custom requests to make skull journals, although I don’t like making them. One interesting order was for a Doctor Who themed journal”

Nature’s Footprint

Seduction

Starry Eyed

“Sometimes when I lie in bed and close my eyes I suddenly get an idea for a journal. I jump up and run to my studio to make a few sketches, so I can start working in the morning”

Insect

Floral Journal

Skull & Roses

The Lighthouse

“I once made two matching journals based on a story, but they were separated by a sale. A year later, the customer bought the second journal, and the two were reunited, just like the characters in the story”

Blue Dragon

Bored Panda would like to thank Aniko Kolesnikova for this interview.

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MarkFlower
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7 years ago

Holy crap these book covers a brilliantly beautiful!! Great post Dainius.

AnikoKolesnikova
Community Member
7 years ago

HI :) I am Anna KOLESNIKOVA, not KOLESHNIKOVA :) Could you please fix it? LOL :))))) Otherwise, thank's for the article!

Lizette Velez
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2 years ago

AnikoKolesnikova Where can I buy your beautiful book covers?

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guess
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7 years ago

They're all sooo pretty (just don't put them in the shelf lol)!!!! But how do two dragons wrapped around a CROSS represent seduction?

SuziFowler
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7 years ago

the white is for purity......the red is the devil.....

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MarkFlower
Community Member
7 years ago

Holy crap these book covers a brilliantly beautiful!! Great post Dainius.

AnikoKolesnikova
Community Member
7 years ago

HI :) I am Anna KOLESNIKOVA, not KOLESHNIKOVA :) Could you please fix it? LOL :))))) Otherwise, thank's for the article!

Lizette Velez
Community Member
2 years ago

AnikoKolesnikova Where can I buy your beautiful book covers?

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guess
Community Member
7 years ago

They're all sooo pretty (just don't put them in the shelf lol)!!!! But how do two dragons wrapped around a CROSS represent seduction?

SuziFowler
Community Member
7 years ago

the white is for purity......the red is the devil.....

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