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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Faux-Leather Altered Book Tutorial (picture heavy) on: March 18, 2014 08:14:30 PM

So I made this ^ from a book I had in the "donate" bin in our spare room. I decided to call it "Deep Ones" and use a sigil from the Cthulhu mythos.

Before it looked like that, the book looked like this:


"What Has Religion Done For Mankind" is an old Jehovah's Witness book from the 1950's. No comments on religion or the book itself - focus on the crafting Smiley

TOOLS:
Glue gun
Craft knife



SUPPLIES:
A cardboard box
An old book
Glue sticks for glue gun
Various acrylic paint colours including red, brown, black and gold
White gesso
material big enough to cover book
Glue
Mod Podge


TUTORIAL:




Grab a corrugated cardboard box - using your book as a guide, cut out a border. I cut out two - one for the front and one for the back.



My box was double corrugated, so I had to separate it, removing one part of the corrugation.





Glue each one of your cardboard bits to the book using white glue (I used Weldbond)



Grab your glue gun and add some "rings" around the spine.



Using some material (any colour is fine, it won't be your final colour), cut enough to cover your book. Use white glue (DO NOT water it down to do this part!) and push it into all the crevices.



Once cut and glued, it will look something like that ^



Gesso time!



Gesso the whole book (don't forget inside the covers!)



After the gesso is fully dry, give the whole book a base colour - I chose red for mine. From here onwards it's all about building up your colours, mixing colours and adding your own details.



This is my super messy paint palette - I had a red, a dark brown and then a pot of both mixed.



The book spine - I used some black here, dry brushing it along the edges.



After I had a good base of paint - I sort of dabbed some globs on the book where I wanted the red to shine through and with my fingers I sort of "smacked" at the paint. I don't know how else to describe it. lol



After all my smudging and smacking, etc. it looks like that ^



Mod Podge time! One layer - maybe two. I used glossy, but that's only because I didn't have any matte.



Then I used my glue gun to make a sigil and title
(Check out my tutorial here for a little more info on that:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432220.0#axzz2wNGOXkyk    )



I glued them on using white glue and then adjust paint on them - Mod Podge over them.

Once it's dry, you're done! Here's some "after" pictures:









2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Leather-Bound (Re-used) Dark Arts Book Tutorial (picture heavy) on: March 15, 2014 07:28:52 PM

(Finished)

I was playing about with some aged-leather techniques and rescued this book from the trash bin to work with. I tried to take as many pictures as I could along the way and figured I should share it with you lovelies Smiley

TOOLS:
-Glue Gun
-Paint brushes of various sizes
      (especially a tiny one for doing lettering and one you don't care about too much for glue)
-Printer (and ink)
-Scissors
-Craft knife (X-Acto Knife)


SUPPLIES:
-White glue (I prefer Weldbond)
-Glue gun sticks
-2 ply Kleenex (tissues)
-An old book (I happened to have a very thick book from the 1930's that was falling apart)
-Gesso
-Paint (For a brown leather, at least 3 shades of brown. I also used gold for lettering)
-A neat computer font
-Image of some sort of magical symbol
-Card stock

TUTORIAL:

Find a book! Mine was a rather old book that was destined for the trash bin. I needed something to play around with, and it fit the bill perfectly. It can be any size or thickness - whatever look you're going for.

You're going to mix together some white glue with water. I'm just sort of guessing here, but I think I used about 3 parts glue to one part water. To be honest, though - I just dropped water into some glue all willy nilly and mixed it up.

I separated the ply of the facial tissue, so it was really thin and delicate. Then I smooshed glue all over one area and pressed the tissue into it.




I made sure some parts were thicker than others, variegating it to create texture.

 

Cover the entire book - glue an area, then cover in tissue. After it is covered in tissue, brush the watery-glue mixture over all the tissued areas.

I covered the front, let it dry and then covered the side and back, letting it all dry.



Once entire book is dry, you need to decide what you're going to call your book and what you want to have on the cover. I decided on "Dark Arts" (I think I was feeling a bit Harry Potter-ish)

The font I used is called "Black Castle" and can be found here: http://www.dafont.com/black-castle.font

The symbol I used is the Tree of Life sigil:



But you can search Pinterest for your own. Here's my "Symbols" board on Pinterest if you want to have a poke through: http://www.pinterest.com/arachneawebb/symbols/



Cut out your image, as close to the line as possible. Get as intricate with your fussy cutting as you can - the more fussy-cut it is now, the better it will look in the end.

Then, glue the symbol to the front of your book. Then spread glue across the whole of the symbol, like so:



Also - this is my favourite glue. I Get it at Home Depot, though I'm pretty sure craft stores carry it, too. It's pretty solid stuff.



Now for the super-duper intricate bit! Heat up that glue gun of yours and get some sticks of glue set to go. Once your gun is heated and the card stock with the symbol is dry - we're going to glue the heck outta it!

I actually used some dollar-store magnifying glasses (pink ones!) to help me with this bit. What you do is trace over the symbol with your hot glue. Do a little bit, let it dry, do a little bit more - let that dry. Before you know it, this part is fin!



Next comes pretty much the same thing, but on the spine and in title form! Print off the name of your book on card stock and fussy cut the heck out of it.



And theeeen, we also do the glue-ing bit with the title, just like with the symbol:



Then hot glue, slowly and surely the whole of the title...



Now, if you're not already messy, it's time for gesso! Brush your gesso all over the dried hot glue symbol and title.



Wait for those to dry, and then grab some paint. I decided on a brownish leather look with a couple splotches of red. What I did was start with black - I painted the whole thing black. Before it dried, I used "burnt umber" brown and painted and mixed it in with the black. Once that dried completely, I added some splotches of "deep red", then used two lighter shades of brown to finish it off.

Everything after the "burnt umber" was dry brushed carefully on. For all of this, I used dollar store paint. It's a nice size and cheap (a dollar!). However, when it came to the symbol and title, I used my very lovely "Game Color" in Polished Gold.

Here's some finished project images:



And...








Have some fun with it and get messy Smiley
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Spells Tag Spellbook (picture heavy) on: March 12, 2014 05:18:32 PM
So....I made this. Knickers sent me some neat Graphic45 stuff and I'm a tad obsessed with their "Steampunk Spells" shtuffs, so I decided - Steampunk...Spellbo ok - made from one of G45's tag albums. Witches and gears and little spells that rhyme. Lots of fussy cutting - there's a miniature spellbook in there as well as a magic scroll...


The front! Dun dun duuuuuuuun!



















4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Love Spell - Altered Shrine on: March 12, 2014 12:50:15 PM
My second shrine! I love purple and black, and I bought a new scrapbook paper pad from Michaels that was all purple and black - so yay! I have a thing for magic....voodoo and the like.



Made from a dismantled wooden box from the dollar store. Painted and then slapped on some neat paper


I used some paper flowers here, and of course some buttons. You can also see one of the skulls I made. The bottom is "lavender flowers"


On the top of the shrine are some miniature books I made (all magic related, of course!) along with another of my skullies (sculpey)
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Fae Shrine - Fairy on a Bicycle on: March 12, 2014 12:35:13 PM
This was my first attempt at making a shrine - I found a wee bicycle at Michaels (who apparently now carry some miniatures for fairy gardening) and I thought my good deed for the day should involve giving the bicycle to a fairy so she can ride around and do all her fairy errands.



I used old music sheets as the sky,
Chess pawns as shrine feet
A dollar store box I dismantled for the shrine box itself
Some buttons, a key, and scrapbook paper
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Spell in a Box - altered box on: March 12, 2014 12:25:33 PM
I had an empty box left over from earrings and it told me it wanted to be made into a spell box. So I did. True story.









Inside the box:
-bundle of sticks
-bundle of incense
-lily
-tiny skull
-spell book
-candle
-jar of graveyard dirt
-shaman stick (with buttons and bells)


7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dalek (red) Cross Stitch on: March 12, 2014 12:13:28 PM
I finished this guy up a little while ago - I haven't ironed him out yet or anything as I haven't found a frame for him yet, but wanted to share anyway:



In Progress:





8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Goblins Grimoire - Small Bound Book (Picture Heavy) on: March 12, 2014 12:04:10 PM
I have a thing for goblins - a big thing for goblins, so I've decided to put that into craft form by creating a small bound "Goblins Grimoire"


A burlap cover, ribbon tie and neat bits abound!


The spine of the Grimoire













Fin.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Miniature Skulls and Bones on: March 12, 2014 11:43:32 AM
This is my first time working with any kind of clay - I bought a wee package of Sculpey and went to town making myself some miniature skulls and bones for use in shrines, dollhouses, and perhaps jewelry.



I'm quite tickled with how they turned out.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature (Dollhouse) Red Leather Wingback Chair Re-do (7 pics) on: June 05, 2013 10:25:14 PM


I bought a chair on-sale at the local dollhouse store that I planned to refinish to put in my wizards house I'm working on.

Dollhouse furniture isn't cheap and even on sale, this one was twelve bucks, but I had ideas and I really liked the shape of the chair and I could picture my aged old wee wizard sitting in it, pouring over his magical tomes.

Sadly I didn't grab a very good "before" picture, so this is as good as it gets, here:



The chair was bright red and gaudy looking.

I starting putting on layers of gesso, about 3, maybe 4, sanding it down here and there. I also gesso'd the flashy gold feet of the chair as I knew I'd be painting them, as well.



This is after a couple of coats of a red paint I mixed up myself just using dollar store paints.



It's really hard to pick up the shade of red here, depending on the lighting and such - but I'm hoping you can get the idea.



Another shade of redish brown, accents of black. I also took a nail file to the seat and back to make the chair look more "lived in" and older. I'm really going for an aged chair look here.



I added gold detailing to the chair.



I finished it off with some matte mod podge to really give it a leathered look, painted the feet, and voila! I put a penny next to it so you get a better idea of size. It's a 1:12 ratio.
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