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Book of Shadows / Journal

I am a bit obsessed with notebooks.  I have LOADS of them.  If you ever need to get me a gift and are stuck for ideas, get me a notebook and I will be happy as Larry.  Whoever Larry is…does anyone know?

I recently bought a lovely big notebook that would be just perfect for updating my *Book of Shadows, which had never been particularly well looked after or designed – it was just a bodgy little spiral-bound notepad that I had always meant to decorate / tizzy up but twenty years on had failed to do anything with – and really needed to be upgraded and given a bit more respect.  So, this new notebook, with it’s large blank pages and hardcover, screamed out “Make me over!”  I shall share my process with you now, dear readers, leaving out any details about how messy I got, and where I was finding black and copper paint, days later.

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Sorry – terrible photos…it was late and the lighting wasn’t great..

The first step is simple.  You spread PVA glue all over the cover of your notebook, so that it is completely covered, and then lay tissue paper over the top of it, smoothing and rippling the paper as you go, to create a natural-looking surface.  Be careful not to rip it as the tissue paper becomes quite fragile when wet.  Do one cover at a time – ie do the front first, let that dry and then do the spine and back cover next.  Fold any excess paper over to the inside – you will be covering that up later.

 

PVA glue takes a while to dry properly so go and do something else while you’re waiting.  You can speed the process up by gently drying with a heat gun or hairdryer.

When all the sides are done, paint with your chosen background colour.  I have used black acrylic paint, but it would look equally good with just about any dark-ish colour.  Paint each side, including the spine, and allow to dry as before.

Using a sheet of paper, cut to size, cover the inside, back and front, making sure you cover up the excess tissue paper that was folded over.  If you want to add some ribbon or binding to tie the book up with, now is the time to add it, before the paper is stuck down.  Or, if you make a mistake like I did (and forget to add the ribbon), you can glue it on after the paper and use an extra square of paper to hide the ribbon.  Hey, I am all about improvising!  When it is all stuck down, paint over with your chosen colour.  I used black again here, but you could use a contrasting colour if you like.

When everything is completely dry, you can start on the fun bit.  Squeeze out some metallic acrylic paint (I used copper, but gold or silver etc would look great too) onto a palette or spare bit of cardboard.  Don’t add water.  Dip your finger lightly into the paint, dabbing off the excess (you only want a little bit of paint) and lightly wipe it over the covers of your book.  This is like dry-brushing with a paint brush.  You don’t want thick splodges of paint – just a light, barely-there contrast.  It will highlight the textures and creases in the tissue paper and create a leathery/old look.  Keep going until you are happy with the result – don’t forget to also do the spine.

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Ooh, old and leathery…that reminds me, I have to buy moisturiser, ha ha!

Let this layer dry completely on all sides.  Add an embellishment to the front cover if you wish, to add some interest.  I used a copper, um, face-plate thingy (I have no idea what it is or where it came from) and, before sticking it down, created a little collage to fit underneath (flecked with a bit of copper paint), which was then sealed and enhanced with a layer of dimensional magic to give the effect of glass.
When the panel is slid open, the image is revealed.  It looks all magical if you squint a bit and also don’t have very high standards or expectations ha ha.

 

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Magic!

An easy technique for updating a tired old notebook, that can also be used on metal, wood and other materials.  It’s messy and fun and you basically get to finger-paint.  And there are sadly few opportunities to do that these days.

 

Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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PS I just want to say, I am not a witch, and do not mean to offend anyone who is.
I have “dabbled” in the Craft, as I think many women do at some stage in their life, but I certainly don’t claim to know all that I should know about it and would advise anyone who is thinking of casting a few random spells or hexing the neighbours to get some proper advice and guidance.  Be careful of your intent and the energy you put out into the world, even if you are just “dabbling”.

My *Book of Shadows is my own personal book of “spells” (if you want to call them that), affirmations and wishes, important things I want to record and hold dear, and does not imply that I am in any way affiliated with any particular belief system, religion, or group.
Believe in magic, or don’t.
Each to his or her own.  Blessed Be.

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Things I Just Don’t Understand

There are many things I can comprehend.  Well, not many, but at least a few.  There are, however, lots of things I do not understand, such as :

  1. Rainfall : the measurement of – I do not understand when the weather people say we have had 13mm of rain.  I don’t get it.  13mm doesn’t sound like much.  Is it per square inch or square metre or something? I can’t wrap my brain around this. I know I could look it up but I can’t be bothered.  I prefer a little mystery in my life.
  2. Kim and Kanye – why are we still talking about them?  Why am I even talking about them?  What are they for?  What purpose do they serve?  I do, however, think they are the most perfect pairing in the Universe.  Never before have two human beings been so exquisitely matched.  They are the first people in history to marry their own selves.  That is quite an achievement, you have to admit.
  3. Aeroplanes – I know there is science and physics and stuff involved, but I can’t think about them up in there in the sky without hurting my brain.  How do they stay up there?  Aren’t they, y’know, heavy?  Sometimes I think it’s magic.  Yes, that’s it, it’s magic.  So, shhhh, clap your hands and believe.  Don’t break the spell.  Especially if I am flying somewhere at the time.
  4. I don’t deal well with flat-pack furniture.  I can’t understand the instructions (which, let’s face it, are generally in a foreign language, even if they’re technically written in English) and I always end up with extra bits and pieces.  I also swear a lot. Sometimes I cry whilst swearing and curse the fact this shelving unit/cabinet/bed frame has come straight from the devil and has obviously been sent to drive me insane.
  5. Putting on quilt covers – actually, I just figured this one out this week so, technically, it is now something I do understand.  Putting a quilt cover on has always been something I do not do well.  In fact, it is something that literally reduces me to tears in a very short space of time. So, generally, I just don’t do it at all.  However, after seeing this amazing video on Youtube, I am now able to change a quilt cover in mere minutes, seconds even if I practice lots.  It has been a revelation to me.  I am one step closer to being an adult.  I might have to make the bed more now though…
  6. Maths – pretty sure maths is some sort of devilry.  And algebra is like the high-priestess of evil.  As soon as you put letters and little tiny numbers next to bigger numbers and start asking why X = 5, you’ve lost me.  I literally  lose all sense of time and black out just a little bit.  Ask me how to work out 30% off in a sale and I am your girl, though.
  7. Sewing – My Mum recently showed me how to take up / hem my own pants.  It was a triumph (for me) but somewhat of a traumatic experience for my Mum.  I think she needed a lie-down afterwards.  Possibly something alcoholic.  Sewing is a very technical thing and requires precision.  I am not precise in anything I do, therefore failure in anything haberdashery-esque is guaranteed.  But I do have several pairs of pants I can walk around in now without treading on the hems.
  8. Tax – The Australian Taxation Office hates me.  I earn a very basic wage, not substantial by anyone’s definition.  I have enough and am grateful for that.  The ATO, however, considers my wages to be EXTRAVAGANT in the extreme, and taxes me accordingly.  Every. Year.  I get screwed.  I have been putting off doing this year’s tax return because I know it will result in a big bill and I can’t cope with that right now.  Next year will be different because I will have less savings (hello mortgage!) so maybe they will see me as less wealthy and take pity on me.  I am also easily confused by the tax return itself.  If you’ve ever seen that episode of Black Books, where Bernard is attempting to do his tax return, you will know what I mean.  Again, there is swearing and possibly tears.  It’s probably because there is maths involved.
  9. Water – I try to understand the chemical composition and how it makes water, but then I develop a migraine and have to go away and sit in a dark room.  Plus how is it clear?  Who made that a thing?  Every child in the history of the world, when they are colouring in a picture of a glass of water, colours it blue.  This is fact.  Then water falls from the sky and someone tries to measure it and then I get confused again.  It’s all too hard.  If it was cheese I would understand it.  Cheese doesn’t confuse me.
  10. Why people can’t fill the kettle at work – This is my ultimate frustration.  I fill the kettle about five or six times a day.  AT LEAST. Considering there are only a handful of us at work now (thank you, funding cuts!), I do not understand why this is happening.  I drink a lot of tea so I use the kettle a lot, but I always make sure I leave water in it for the next person.  I do not empty the kettle and then leave it like that.  It drives me bananas.  I have even written notes and put up posters that say “Please refill kettle after use!” but still, the kettle is always empty and sad.  It’s so rude!  I just want to slap people on a regular basis. Don’t get me started on the people who leave a teaspoon of milk in the carton and put it back in the fridge.  What is that about???  What kind of primitive society are we living in???

There are many, many other things in the world that confuse me (Donald Trump, I am talking to you!)  but I’m sure you don’t need to hear about them all.  I just needed something to write about while my craft output is lacking.  And, also, the kettle thing seriously drives me insane.  It might lead to a breakdown.  I’m not even kidding.

Hope your day is making sense to you.  Thanks for popping by 🙂

 

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