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« on: April 05, 2013 11:08:23 PM »

So I had this crazy idea after seeing this image on Pinterest:


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!

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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2013 06:46:40 AM »

Sounds like a very satifying experiment!  The pages end up with a nice overall color theme but each one is a bit different from the next.  Very cool.

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2013 03:05:37 AM »

I'm really interested to see the final product.  I think the photo album idea is a cool one.
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2013 02:07:03 AM »

What a great idea! I love the look and randomness of the dyed pages.

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