I have always loved the idea of a 'ancient' looking book.
Every time I've looked in a second hand bookshop, I've never found a suitable example.
On top of that, i have always like the idea of a slightly fantastical book, something a bit sci-fi, but a bit legendary.
Films like the 9th gate, neverending story, and others, have this crazy books, happened across by someone, this is something i wanted to incorporate.
So, after making a couple of smaller books, I realized that I could easily make what i wanted.
Another idea I had seen before, but not done overly well, is that pieced together stitched look.
When talking through this with Rocketscientist, we happened across the idea of a living book, and bit by bit our creativity unfolded into one of my most epic projects to date.
The Book of Time is the ultimate time travelers companion, containing the history of everything that was, and is yet to be. The book is a self perpetuating ouroboros, seeding a smaller book, which was then taken back in time to become the book itself. There are about three instances of the book, one book exists, but has traveling from the beginning of time to the end three times, hence, 3 books can be found, but only one book exists.
The book itself is a living book, it's sense are deeply embedded into space time itself, and it grows new pages for new events. Constantly changing and evolving depending on the fluctuations of time.
The book itself is unreadable, and requires a super focused crystal diopter to read the strange 'growth patterns' on the pages. Once read, the two accompanying decoder books are needed to translate it into a form of the Anglitectro language readable by those who need to.
The power of the book lies in the ability to 're-write' time. Some events can be changed easily, others have a deep grain, and can not be changed without destroying the book itself.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Paper, depending on your book size, for mine I used SRA3 (320 x 450).
- Thread - for the spine sewing, the leather cover, and the 'roots'
- Glue (pva or elmers glue)
- Spine material, I used denim, thin cotton works best.
- (optional) Industrial Guillotine.
- Thick Vellum, or mount card
- Green and brown felt tips/markers
- Liquid Latex
- A pebble
- A few special metal pieces
- Stanley knife with plenty of blades spare
- Leather Awl
- Scalpel and blades
- Masking tape