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11  Leather-Bound (Re-used) Dark Arts Book Tutorial (picture heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Arachnea on: March 15, 2014 07:28:52 PM


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

-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)
-Craft knife (X-Acto Knife)

-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)
-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


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:


Have some fun with it and get messy Smiley
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12  Steampunk Spells Tag Spellbook (picture heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Arachnea 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...Spellbook - 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!

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13  Love Spell - Altered Shrine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Arachnea 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)
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14  Fae Shrine - Fairy on a Bicycle in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Arachnea 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
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15  Spell in a Box - altered box in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Arachnea 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
-tiny skull
-spell book
-jar of graveyard dirt
-shaman stick (with buttons and bells)

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16  Dalek (red) Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by Arachnea 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:

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17  The Goblins Grimoire - Small Bound Book (Picture Heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Arachnea 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

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18  Miniature Skulls and Bones in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Arachnea 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.

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19  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! in Craftalongs by Arachnea on: June 22, 2013 05:43:46 PM
Window time!

I opted for a tudor window style as I'm quite taken with the look, but it's not always easy to achieve. So I went out and bought myself something called "pinstriping tape" from the local hobby shop (think R/C and railroads rather than crafting hobbies). The one I bought came in a tube with various widths of tape - not quite what I wanted, but it was all they had, so I made do. I also printed off a tudor window design I found by doing a Google Image search.

I poked out the existing windows and used them as templates. I had some transparent sheets laying about in the ol' craft room (for projector slides, but I honestly can't for the life of me remember what I bought them for originally).

I tapes the print-out to the transparency while working so I had a guide and used the smallest of the tape to create the effect on all the windows, then gluing the wood back into place.

I tried to match windows with thicknesses as I sadly didn't have enough tape to do all windows in the same thickness (boo!), but I'm quite tickled with how it looks, none the less.

And here's a bit of a close-up at an upper window - wee!
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20  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! in Craftalongs by Arachnea on: June 22, 2013 12:04:31 PM
Next set of pictures!

I attached the bottom front of the house and then used some poly filla to mend things...please don't mind my Lenore mug - crafting is thirsty work!

Then I painted the whole of the outside a medium grey colour, as I knew I would be "stoning" it later on. You can see I've taken off most of the wooden window bits as well - had to use a kitchen knife for that, it was a bit tricky.

Around all the windows and doors I've cut out bricks from drink trays you get at fast food places

It was finicky, but was nothing in comparison of what was to come! So this is the door and windows finished - I'm quite happy with the look but sad to say that when the "stoning" is finished they do get lost a bit.

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