Step 1: Gather Tools and Supplies Needed
a book you don't mind destroying in the correct size
brown kraft paper
double sided tape
fine nib black marker
gold card stock
parchment or other decorative paper
selection of paints
digital greeting card with correct screen size(can be ordered online)
Step 2: Cover Preperation
remove inside of book. all you require is the cover the inside pages can be recycled.
I measured a piece of foam board to fit the front cover of the book to get the desired shape and using an exacto blade cut out patterns as close to the design on the original in the movie as I could. it don't have to be identical. I then stuck the foamboard to the cover using superglue . next step is recovering the book
Step 3: Re-covering the Book to Get a Leather Effect.
when cutting the paper leave a lot of excess to allow you to cover the back and front cover and into the crevices on the foam board pattern and fold over the corners and accounting for size difference after crumpling it up.
after cutting the amount needed you need to crumble it up very tight multiple times to cause slight damage to the paper but be careful to not rip it.
then unfold the paper to have it as flat as possible again.
mix together 2 parts PVA to one part water and saturate the paper back and front to stick it to the book cover.
leave to dry completely
Step 4: Painting the Cover
for this I used acrylic paint
I wanted to achieve a red toned leather so I first coated it with burnt sienna and let it dry
I then used a fan brush with raw umber
don't put too much product onto the brush as you want to just sweep it across the paper. you don't want to full coat it.
when this dried I then went back in and mixed a bit of black with the raw umber to slightly darken it and with the same fan brush I used an even lighter hand to go around over the book to give dimension
I then went back over with different tones to select part of the cover until I reached a desired finish and effect.
when this was dry I used a small detail brush with gold paint( I used c.roberson &co liquid metal in classic gold) to detail the design onto the front. once again this does not have to be perfect just get creative.
I measured out more foam board to the size of the book and thickness I needed to fill the spine.
I then used and exacto blade to cut out spaces for each of the components to fit into neatly.
I then glued these parts into place and cut a piece of paper to size to cover and hide everything except the screen. I used double sided tape to hold down around the screen as to not damage it and glued the rest down
I then went in and copied the design from the book in the movie around the screen with a fine tipped marker and detailed it with pieces of gold card stock. once again get creative at this part and don't worry if its not exactly the same or make up your own design
I then went around the edge of the foamboard with the same gold paint I used on the cover to make it look like It had a guilded edge for a neater finish
and glued it all together into the spine of the book cover
I then used another piece of stock card to line the inside of the book and overlapped onto the opposite side to hide the glue and spine