Falcon Travelers

Dutch Design Leather, Est 2013

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 started out with cardboard covers and stuck some metal foil tape to them. I then embossed those with the Rived Metal folder from the Sizzix Texture Fades Diamond Plate & Rived Metal Set. I then covered them with black acrylic paint and wiped most of it away. Leaving me with this.

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

On the inside covers I did the same paints, but skipped the sandy particles, as I wanted those to be smooth. The inside cover in the above picture has not had the final treatment yet.
As a final painting step I covered the paint with some matt varnish to protect it somewhat from wear and tear.

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 glued an envelope to the front, so he can keep some stuff in there, stamped on it and called it a day.
I had difficulty taking pictures of the book, because inside it was too dark and outside there was to much glare. I do have some pictures that were taken outside.
Here it is next to the rusty “fireplace” we have outside, without sun, so that was alright, but when the sun came out…

I think it does look like a rusty oiled old door…

So that’s it, my rusty notebook. Or at least I gave it a shot =).
I think maybe next time I will just skip the step with the metal foil, because after all those layers of paint, I really don’t see the point of the metal foil anymore. It does peek through here and there, so maybe it does add to the overall look.
Thank you all for watching and I wish you a beautiful day.
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29 thoughts on “A rusty japanese stab book

  1. die amelie says:

    Gosh, I LOVE this notebook, Monique!

    A brilliant make with a wonderful timeworn look! If you decide it is 2D, this is fine with me – I admit, I couldn't decide neither. 😉

    Thank you for sharing the HOW TO and your amazing project with us at SanDee&amelie's!

    Claudia x


  2. JansArtyJunk says:

    Oh Monique…this is gorgeous.. LOVE the rusty vintage look you have achieved with paints.. your book is fantastic! Jan x


  3. Valerie-Jael says:

    Monique, your book is fantastic! Love everything about it! Thanks for playing along with us at TIOT, too! Valerie


  4. butterfly says:

    Absolutely stunning handmade book, Monique – wonderful rusty vintage look, and I love the papers inside.
    Alison x


  5. Wat een prachtig resultaat Monique, het oogt zo lekker!

    groetjes, Alie 🙂


  6. Diana Taylor says:

    Wow, I love this book – I bet your husband was thrilled with it. It's very clever how you got the weathered, rusty look – and thanks so much for sharing your secrets!


  7. Stunning book, what a fantastic look, totally LOVE it!!!


  8. JoZart says:

    Lovely that your DH appreciates your art. Fab book!
    Thanks for your comment and quote…. here's another one I love…
    “I'd rather be ridiculous than boring”
    and another one I use so often…
    “People who don't make a mess don't make anything”.
    so true!
    Jo x


  9. BJ says:

    WOW super book. BJ


  10. Oh my GOSH!!! This is absolut awesome Monique! Fabulous!


  11. Dagmar says:

    Monique – das ist einfach wundervoll gemacht – so schön!!!! Absolut mein Geschmack.
    Liebe Grüße, Dagmar


  12. I love the books you make – this one is fantastic! Words really can't describe how impressed I am with it! I am going to study your video very carefully and try to make my own stab book some day. Julie Ann xx


  13. Karin says:

    wow, prachtig gedaan!
    groetjes Karin


  14. Meggymay says:

    Absolutely stunning, thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's this time.


  15. Ginny says:

    Your book is awesome. I am so glad that I got to see it.


  16. Brigitte says:

    amazing !!!!! your book is perfect…


  17. zandra says:

    What a great take on the challenge! Love how you aged it, fabulous. Thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z


  18. Wonderful end result Monique but looked down your posts and could not see how you came to this end result but ignorant you see.. guess you sued a folder ? and kinky stuff? thanks for popping over Shaz in oz.x


  19. Oh der just found the read more button soem are slow y'know 😀 Shaz.x


  20. and all the deets were really wodnerful so thanks for sharing it all.. might get my comment done after three goes 😀 Shaz.x


  21. Evil Edna says:

    wow that is amazing, thank you for sharing at TIOT.EE


  22. SanDee1899 says:

    oh wow Monique that is absolutely marvelous what you have created! Adorbale just love it!
    xoxo SanDee1899
    and thank you for joining the SanDee&amelies STEAMPUNK CHALLEGE


  23. Nunt says:

    This is so insanely cool I am lost for words!


  24. Mrs.B says:

    Hi Monique, what a fabulous make, love the steps you've used to create the rusty covers, especially adding the black sand!
    Thanks for joining our Metal Challenge at TioT
    Avril x


  25. blackdragon says:

    Love this so much xxx


  26. daqadoodles says:

    This looks lovely!
    I've seen the riveted embossed look before, but now that I see it again that embossing folder is going on my wishlist! (Or is it a size that doesn't fit in my cuttlebug?)

    The book looks weathered, old, interesting – I love it.
    Bookbinding is on my to do list too, I even promised to make a book for my parents. This certainly is more inspiration for it!


  27. WOW! This is crazy awesome! Thanks so much for taking us through the steps. I feel like I should go out immediately and try this technique haha! I love, love, love it!!


  28. Susanna says:

    Wow!!! Fantastic book!! I love it!


  29. Maura says:

    Fantastic! Love the texture you have created.


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