Sharing photos of a few more potion bottles I made and my first mandrake attempt. I will be making another mandrake and posting a simple how to.
Free your inner witch this Halloween and get your potion on!
Small Bottles/ jars
Lids or corks
Labels printed from the internet or you have designed
Long wooden skewers
Cheap clear hair gel
Dash of magic
Handful of curses
Pinch of malice
Sprinkle of spite
In your empty bottle add a squeeze of the hair gel. Some glitter and a drop of food color. I usually try to use glitter and food color that is same color. Using skewer mix the potion.
Add more of gel and glitter. Keep doing this until you have bottled filled to your liking.
If the color isn’t dark enough add more food coloring. Go easy the color can get too dark easily.
Cork that elixir of dread. Add label as is or age it slightly with some watered down brown paint. Top the bottle with some twine and a charm.
Bibbity bobbity boo you have a potion.
Part two of the making of the practical magic style spellbook. Creating book blocks.
I am not going to walk you through step-by-step how to make your book blocks for your books because there is a great video on YouTube by sea lemon that walks you through that step by step.
I will tell you this; she puts several sheets in each signature but once you tea stain all your pages I have found it works best at three sheets per signature.
Making book blocks may look a little difficult even with Sea Lemons easy-to-follow tutorial but trust me once you get going and get that technique down it will be so easy, the sewing will go so fast you’ll be amazed. My first book block I did curse a bit, especially when the needle stabbed a finger badly. Yes I am blaming the poor defenseless needle and not my hand sewing skills.
Sea lemon also has a video on how to make a book press.
She makes a small press and you will be amazed at how simple it is to make. My husband and I went to Home Depot, I found the piece of wood I liked and they actually cut it in half at the store for me. We came home, drilled holes, and put in the screws. That was it. The trip to Home Depot, getting the wood cut, me drilling the holes all took less than thirty minutes total.
I did make a much bigger size press than Sea Lemon because some of the spell books I am making are going to be huge. 18×24 is the finished size of the press.
Once the book blocks are complete the next step is to make the cover and spine for the book. I will post that in a few days.
Part one of the making of my Practical Magic style book.
I wanted the pages of the book to look aged at the beginning with the pages appearing newer as you get towards the end. Like a grimoire that has been passed down generations and each generation having added to the book.
Tea staining is a great way to age paper. With some trial and error on my part I finally found a technique I like.
My first try I just took wet tea bags and rubbed them on both sides of paper. It worked but not like I wanted. I even tried hibiscus tea to give the paper a pink tent. The dark red tea dried to a blue on the paper.
My second technique was to just soak each sheet of paper in a bath of tea. Some sheets I soaked a few minutes some up to thirty. I laid them around the house to dry. It was a slow process but well worth the wait.
I did try to dry some sheets in the oven but this summer heat was just too much for that craziness.
You can also stain paper with print on it. The tes won’t affect the print. I did get some pink tinted sheets by adding red food color to the tea.
The paper I used was 70 pound cover in natural white. I work at a print company so I do have access to huge sheets of paper which I can get cut to any size. 15×10.5 is the size of the paper which when folded gave me 7.5×10.5 sheets.
After the paper dried I put them in signatures of three. Next post will cover the sewing of the signatures.
Project I am still working on. It’s a practical magic style spellbook. I may have to break down the tutorial into several post. What you think so far?