So, this was actually a live stream topic this week, but I had SOOOO many issues with technology that the thought that I “might” put this into a blog post turned into I HAVE to put this into a blog post! This craft was originally done by The Herbal Healing Mama on her blog. (Click the link to see the original post.) This topic was specifically requested by one of my best customers and I wanted to deliver! I’m sad so many tech issues got in the way, but hopefully this bonus extra blog post will help to make up for it! (The links to the Facebook videos will be at the end of this written blog — I have some helpful tips and tricks in there to help you get the best out of you crafting experience!)


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The book on the left is my personal Book of Shadows which was made by Brahm’s Bookworks! They make gorgeous books. I admired their work for a full decade before I finally purchased one of these bad boys. Hubby has one, too, that is currently blank which is good since this one is almost full now!

Supply List

Here’s the list of supplies you’ll need to make your book:

  • A 3-ring binder

  • Paper towels (I suggest Viva brand as they are minimally textured.)

  • Mod-Podge (or White craft glue)

  • Paint brushes

  • Black/Brown/Gold acrylic paint

  • Wire/String for making designs (opt)

  • Hot glue gun (opt)

  • Other embellishments/decorations (opt)

  • Drop cloth (opt)

NOTE: You don’t have to use brown/black — you can totally have a purple BOS or a red one! I would suggest having more than one shade; a dark and a light, to give the color dimension! I just like the look of an old book that you get from using black/browns.


You can see the shapes I laid underneath the decoupaged paper towels easily here. Before it’s painted, the color of the shapes are obvious, but once you put the color on, no one will know the secret of how they got there! I used a large gauge, highly flexible type of floral wire I purchased at my local craft store to make these designs.You can see the shapes I laid underneath the decoupaged paper towels easily here. Before it’s painted, the color of the shapes are obvious, but once you put the color on, no one will know the secret of how they got there! I used a large gauge, highly flexible type of floral wire I purchased at my local craft store to make these designs.

You can see the shapes I laid underneath the decoupaged paper towels easily here. Before it’s painted, the color of the shapes are obvious, but once you put the color on, no one will know the secret of how they got there! I used a large gauge, highly flexible type of floral wire I purchased at my local craft store to make these designs.

Procedure:

  1. If you are using a drop cloth (or newspapers, etc.) on your work surface lay it out first. I HIGHLY recommend this step as it can be a very messy project!

  2. Lay your binder out in front of you, binding/outer surface facing up.

  3. If you are going to be adding shapes to yours like I did you’ll want to form them and use a hot glue gun to attach them to your book. The Herbal Healing Mama says that for hers they used rolled up paper towels. If you don’t have wire that’s an option, too!

  4. Once your shapes are created a glued down, paint a layer of Mod-Podge on the outer surface of the binder. (Make sure to get in every nook and cranny, including in and around your shapes.) I suggest a large/wide brush for this as it makes it a quicker job.

  5. Begin laying down single sheets of paper towels one at a time. With each layer, lay it onto the Mod-Podge layer underneath and use a brush to paint more Mod-Podge on top of it. Be sure to leave approximately 2” of paper towel overlaying the edges which you will wrap around later.

  6. I suggest two layers of paper towels all the way around for durability. Also, you can use your brush to push the paper towel around to create wrinkles and texture like you often see in leather books. (Like the topmost image in this blog post.)

  7. Once you’ve completed this step, allow the Mod-Podge to dry overnight.

  8. Next, you will want to lay the three-ring binder open, ring/inside-surface up. You will want to carefully fold over the paper towel and Mod-Podge it down. Be sure to be conscientious about how to fold it over the corners so that it lays as flat as possible.

  9. Fill in any open space on the inside that you want covered. You will have to make the decision: (1) Do you want to put a piece of decorative paper in these spots on the inside covers? Or (2) do you want to decoupage the whole thing? If you’re just added a paper you can leave the center part of the inside covers un-decoupaged for now. If you want to do the whole thing, lay down paper towels with Mod-Podge like you did for the outside covers and binding.

  10. If you are laying decorative paper on the inside covers you can do so at this point. Lay it down just like you do the paper towels. Don’t skimp on adhesive at the edges to make sure it lays flat and won’t peel once dry!

  11. Let dry Mod-Podge dry overnight.


Behold my hideous Dollar Store tablecloth that I use for my art projects! You may notice that the painting isn’t actually complete here. I had to do this in odd steps for displaying purposes in my (mostly) failed video recordings.Behold my hideous Dollar Store tablecloth that I use for my art projects! You may notice that the painting isn’t actually complete here. I had to do this in odd steps for displaying purposes in my (mostly) failed video recordings.

Behold my hideous Dollar Store tablecloth that I use for my art projects! You may notice that the painting isn’t actually complete here. I had to do this in odd steps for displaying purposes in my (mostly) failed video recordings.

Finally, you’re ready for paint! The book will take a lot of paint as the paper towels are still miraculously somewhat absorbent. Be sure you have plenty on hand! I used dark brown, light brown, and gold for my book, but you can use whatever you like! The Herbal Healing Mama used black, brown, and gold.

I painted on two layers of the darkest color, being sure to get every crack and crevice again. Then I used a worn out brush to stipple on and blend in the light color to give the brown some dimension. (A flat dark brown would definitely NOT look like antiqued leather!) Then I used a more delicate fan brush that was equally as worn out to lightly brush some metallic gold onto the highest parts of the wrinkles and design to make it “pop” and, you know, make it shiny. Because I like shiny things!

And then you let it dry! WaaLaa! Your own handmade Book of Shadows! Want to know more about how you can use your Book of Shadows or what to put in it? (Plus additional tips and tricks on the nitty gritty of actually doing this craft!) Watch the videos on Facebook here: Part 1 and here: Part 2. They’re about an hour all in all.

PLUS, you probably know by know that I make beautiful heirloom-quality Book of Shadows pages that can be the perfect starting place for your own Book of Shadows, too! Sign up for my VIP Seeker List for 20% off your Book of Shadows starter kit!

I’d love to see the Books of Shadows that YOU’VE made! You can e-mail me a photo of your creations HERE! Tell me about your Book of Shadows and what it looks like in the comments below! Is it a blank book? A floppy disk? Google Drive? A three-ring binder? I’d love to know!

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