I took a piece of leather and cut it to the size I determined the book should be. The leather already looked old but I decided to make it even older by giving it a very good beating: scratched, pulled and poured different liquids on it.
I used handmade paper and cut them to the size of a full spread page. I cut them to size by first folding them to the sizes I need then tearing it apart. Tearing gives me those nice, uneven and more organic look to the edges. Each page was the size of a double spread. After I had about 10 pieces (makes 40 pages, front and back) I folded each in the middle. To make sure they fold well, I scored the middle part where the fold goes. Then, using a needle and thread I stitched two double spreads together on the fold. You can stitch more together, my paper was thick so it was easier to do only two at a time.
After everything was bound together, I started to age the paper with coffee You can also use watercolors or acrylics. Coffee is just a quick, simple and very accessible material to me since I am always drinking coffee.
It was a simple matter of randomly applying drips or splashes of coffee to the pages, some spots thicker than others. Next time though, I would age the paper before stitching them together. After the coffee dried, I started painting on the pages and scribbling some notes on it.
All bound, it's already a book of herbs but I felt that something was still missing. The book wanted something more from me. So I got my thingamajig out and scorched the image of a small plant on the cover. I think that made Crabby Granny happy. It captured her book of herbs perfectly!
The last detail I added was given by Mother Nature. While out on a walk, catching Pokemons, I found a tiny feather on the pavement. It was the perfect size for Granny's hand. So as soon as I got back home, I made a small pocket for it at the back. Granny wants her tools in convenient places, this helps her find her quill easily if she needs to jot something down.
Up next, more on Crabby Granny's details. This is just the first installment. To check out details of this art doll and her WA State Fair ribbons, please click here.