“…Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.
I am going to try and experiment…”
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
I quickly made this card on the weekend from some leftover scraps of lace, paper and an old vintage image of an elegant lady. She’s a little less elegant now…looks like she’s been op-shopping or playing dress-ups.
She has bling on her hat and a label in case she gets lost or forgets who she is 🙂
A little bit of vintage lace is always classy…
I decided she need some earrings too, so she got some dainty pearls at the last minute (not shown in top picture) with a dot of Liquid Pearls. She’s ready to roll now. Off to a tea party or crazy hat convention. I foresee cupcakes and crochet in her future for some reason. Maybe a little white magic and fairy dust too (I stopped short of giving her wings).
Thanks for stopping in – Hope your day is wonderful 🙂
Normally, given the opportunity, I stay at home on New Year’s Eve. I like to reflect and think about what has been, as well as what MIGHT be if I can get my act together in the coming months. I don’t mind being on my own and so it isn’t a sad evening for me. It is one of contemplation and a last minute chance to eat naughty food before the obligatory New Year diet kicks in 🙂
This year, however, I ended up being part of someone else’s plan. My cousin wanted company and I was happy to oblige. She’s going through some tough stuff right now and wanted someone to be part of her New Year pledge to herself to do better and be healthier and stronger and emotionally fitter. She wanted to literally draw a line in the sand and say “No more”. I could do with some of that myself so I happily agreed to be part of her night.
We went to the beach in Fremantle and drew an actual line in the sand, before stepping over it and wishing each other strength and love. Sometimes you have to make the big gestures to kick-start your healing and motivation. Plus, now we have photographic evidence so, y’know, we have to stick to our promises, right?
The evening was warm and balmy with a sea breeze that messed up our hair but not our plans 🙂
The ocean, for me, signifies so much, and so it was apt that we spent the last day of 2015 there, with our toes in the sand and the waves crashing around us. The tide is changing for us both, I hope.
My cousin and I have grown up together, grown older together and been through many ups and downs. We’ve both made mistakes, big and small, but we always support each other. I know I can trust her to always have my back and always believe in me. I hope she knows I will do the same for her. We know too much about one another to ever be enemies – it wouldn’t be safe ha ha.
So, with the sun setting on the old year, we heralded in the new one, with hope and love and good intentions, and with forgiveness for past mistakes.
I hope you had someone special to share New Year’s with, whether it be an old friend, a new love, your dog or your own good self. And I hope you got in some last minute naughty foods 🙂
Be kind to yourself in 2016 – be forgiving and let go of mistakes, bad decisions and questionable life choices. Every day is another chance to get things right and do better. All we can do is try x