When I made my first japanes stab book for a swap, my husband liked it so much that he wanted me to make one for him. So I promised him to make one.
I started working on the book last week when I showed you the covers in my WOYWW post. I finished the book last monday.
As he likes steampunk stuff, I made it rusty and old looking. He’s quite pleased with his notebook.
I did take some progress shots, but not very much. So I won’t be able to show you exactly what I did to get this look, but I will try and talk through all the steps.
I love this look, but as I was going for a more weathered steamy look, I figured I would take it a step further and try to go for a rusty look.
I first treated the plates with some turkoise paint after wich I went back in with a copper paint. This gave me the greenish weathered look.
It still wasn’t weathered enough for me, so I mixed some black sandy particles with a matt medium and applied it to the covers, mainly focussing on the edges and bottom front side of the covers. I then went over it with burnt umber, black and orange
I bound the book with the same japanese stab binding technique I used for my previous japanese stab book. Here you can also find a video with me struggling with the japanese stab binding. This time it went much easier, practice does make things better =).
Decorated it with a Tim Holtz Ornate book plate and corners. The book plate was treated with alcohol inks (mushroom and eggplant) after which I dabbed some copper acrylic paint onto it to make it look rusty.
I found an Abraham Lincoln picture in my 8″-8″ collage mini stash paperpad. cut it out and stuck it behind the book plate with diamond glaze on top.
The corners were also dabbed with the copper paint.
The papers inside the book are a collection of tea dyed papers, brown papers and plain white papers. All cut to size and randomly stacked.
Well maybe not so randomly, because I made 9 stacks and build each stack with 9 different papers, so that no adjacent papers are the same.
I think it does look like a rusty oiled old door…