So I had this crazy idea after seeing this image on Pinterest:http://pinterest.com/pin/278308451945128217/
I've been using liquid Rit Dye to age fabric for a project I'm making. I generally use a gallon-sized zipper bag to dye the fabric right in my sink. I pour the dye back into the bottle since I am only doing small bits of fabric at a time.
I found a hard cover book at the thrift store for 99-cents, bought apple green dye and went to work.
First mistake - I thought I'd use a small bucket for the first color, but the book didn't displace the dye as much as I thought, so there is only a small stripe of dye at the top of the pages.
I left the book in for about 20 minutes - I was afraid the water/dye mixture would cause damage to the book. As I kept peeking at the pages, I noticed that many pages weren't receiving the dye, so I turned the pages so each one would get some color. I let the book drip over the bucket and then got out the heat gun.
I brought the book with me to work today and propped it up in front of the new heaters and flipped a page every 10 minutes or so. It was still a bit damp, especially along the spine but look how cool the edges look!
So I know you're thinking, well, that just looks like any old book you'd find in an attic or basement. Yeah, but I made it, you see? With my own little hands.
So I raced home from work, book is still damp in some spots and prepared the apple green dye.
I used a ziploc bag this time, added less water, and zipped the bag shut and shook the book.
(Whoops, no photos of this step.)
Now I am drying the pages again, with the heat gun, giving myself carpal tunnel syndrome in my haste to have it FINISHED NOW and decided to take a break and post what I have so far.
There is a small issue of the end papers and spine becoming unglued and I will do some research tomorrow to see how I can fix it - fix it enough so that the book will still function as a book.
But look how cool it is!
What am I going to use it for? Well, I have a bunch of vintage photos that I have bought from Ebay and flea markets so I think it will become a faux-family photo album with the photos and amusing captions.
I'll post a few more photos tomorrow - now more drying! I also dyed a composition book in tandem with this one. Many pages did not get dye - they stuck together. I am carefully drying them and then pulling the pages apart. That will also be an art journal/junk journal. But it need a lot more work. And the cardboard covers are very wonky after the dyeing so it needs pressing after drying.
Thanks for looking!