Sunday, April 29, 2012

coffee staining pages

This is my tut for coffee staining pages already in a book. It turns out it was more work that I originally thought! I've stained individual pages in the past with no issues. I made this tut for a Magical Art Journal swap, which can be seen here.

Items needed:
  • your book to be stained
  • instant coffee
  • vanilla extract (optional)
  • ground cinnamon (optional) 

First off, fill your sink with hot water. (no picture of this). This will help the coffee to dissolve. It only needs to be 3-4 inches deep.
Next, add a couple tablespoons of the coffee and stir to dissolve. At this point, you can add the vanilla and/or cinnamon to give it a smell.

I got all these at my local Dollar Tree.

This is the coffee and some vanilla in the sink. It's actually darker than what you see here. The flash lightened the water. 

Next grab your book. This is mine and the front and back covers are covered with scrapbook pages.  

Now the tricky part comes. This works easier if you have ties on your book.

As you can see here, I already had some in mine and used them to tie the book covers back. If you don't have ties on yours, you're actually going to have to stand at the sink. Unless you don't mind the cover getting stained to. For this, I would do all of this before altering. Obviously. But this tut is more for those who've already altered the covers and decided to stain them later. Like me!!

Dip the pages in the coffee.At first I did just what you see in the picture then hung it up to dry. I went back a little while later to check on it and realized that some of the pages in the center didn't get wet. So I had to take my time, opening the book and dipping it in. Yes, the colors of the lines will run.

I decided to let me book soak for 20 minutes to make sure the pages got nice and wet. Instead of standing there for 20 minutes, (and so I could write this out in the meantime!) I tied mine up like so. Then I set the timer. I just took it out of the sink and I laid it down so that it could drip back into the sink. I was going to leave it hanging, but with all those pages soaking wet, it was kinda heavy and I didn't want my ties to come off and the whole book to fall into the water and then I'd have to start all over.

Now I'm going to let it dry for the next few days. I'm going to let it dry naturally, which will cause the pages to get poofy. If you don't want poofy pages, you could put the covers in plastic (maybe plastic shopping bags) so they don't get wet. Then close the book and put something heavy on it. This will help to calm down the pages a little, but it won't go back to the way it was before it got wet.

Once my book is dry in a few days, I will update this post with more pictures.

Update April 30th:
Ok update on MY book: not sure if this is going to work. Not all the pages got wet. And I re-soaked them and now they look like a hot mess!! The pages that are more towards the inner part of the book look more like someone accidentally spilled something on them. Also, the pages aren't that dark. Then again, they aren't completely dry yet. I have the book sitting in the almost 80 degree sun right now. Also, the spine of the notebook did get wet and I'm afraid with repeated openings that it will come apart.

I will keep updating until the book is completely dry. But if I had to grade it now, it would definitely get an F for failure.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Witchy Book Reading Challenge

A challenge I am taking up this year:
Pagan Culture's Witchy Books Reading Challenge
Details on their page
All you have to do is ready witchy books. First of all add the Witchy Challenge button to your blog page.

Write a post on the Pagan Culture blog page to say you are taking up the challenge and include a link to your announcement.

At the bottom of the post add all the witchy books you read in 2012.

Reading Challenge for 2012. 
The challenge begins January 13 and ends December 13. 
Witchy Reading Levels: 

Elemental Reader - 4 Books 
Bookish Darling - 13 Books 
Lunar Booklover - 28 Books 
Witchy Bibliophile - 35 + Books 

Books I have read (to be updated as needed):  

1. Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook by Denise Alvardo
2.The Nocturnal Witch Collection: Book of Shadows from the Shadows: Nocturnal Witchcraft/Gothic Grimoire by Konstantinos
3. Speak with the Dead: Seven Methods for Spirit Communication by Konstantinos
4. Speak with the Dead: Seven Methods for Spirit Communication by Konstantinos
5. Nocturnicon: Calling Dark Forces and Powers by Konstantinos
6. Summoning Spirits: The Art of Magical Evocation by Konstantinos
7. Gothic Grimoire by Konstantinos
8. Nocturnal Witchcraft: Magick After Dark by Konstantinos
9. Isis Unveiled: A Master Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology, Volume 2 by HP Blavatsky
10. Pow-Wows: Long Lost Friend, a Collection of Mysteries and Invaluable Arts and Remedies by John George Hohman
11. Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds; A Collection of Ancient Texts by Georg Luck
12. Magic in the Ancient World by Fritz Graf
13. The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the Demotic Spells, Volume 1 by Hans Dieter Betz
14. Magick in Theory and Practice by Aleister Crowley
15. Magickal Formulary Book 1 by Herman Slater
16. The Goddess Hekate by Stephen Ronan
17. Hekate Liminal Rites by Sorita D'este
18. Hekate: Keys to the Crossroads by Sorita D'este
19. Hekate Her Sacred Fires bySorita D'este
20. Utterly Wicked by Dorothy Morrison
21. Isis Magic by M. Isidora Forrest
22. Eight Sabbats for Witches: And Rites for Birth, Marriage and Death by Stewart Farrar
23. The Witches' God by Janet Farrar
23. The Witches' Goddess by Janet Farrar
24. A Witches Bible by Janet Farrar 
25. Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications by Raymond Buckland
26. Practical Candleburning Rituals: Spells and Rituals for Every Purpose by Raymond Buckland
27. Exu, Divine Trickster and Master Magician by Denise Alvarado
28. Hoodoo Voodoo And Conjure A Handbook by Jeffrey Anderson
29. Hoodoo Mysteries: Folk Magic, Mysticism & Rituals by Ry. T. Malbrough
30. Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones by Stephanie Rose Bird 
31. Kabbalah, Magic and the Great Work of Self-Transformation: A Complete Course by Lyam Thomas Christopher
32. Nature-Speak: Signs, Omens and Messages in Nature by Ted Andrews 
33. A Guide to Serving the Seven African Powers: For the Individual Voodoo Practitioner by Denise Alvarado
34. Voodoo Dolls in Magick and Ritual by Denise Alvardo
34. The Gypsy Wisdom Spellbook by Denise Alvardo

35. Practical Elemental Magick by
36. The Guises of the Morrigan by David Rankine
37. Practical Qabalah Magick by Sorita d'Este
38. The Lost Book of Summoning by Abraham Atias
39. The Cosmic Shekinah by Sorita d'Este
40. Keys to the Spirit World by Jennifer O'Neill
41. Artemis : Virgin Goddess of the Sun, Moon & Hunt by Sorita d'Este
42. From a Drop of Water - A Collection of Magickal Reflections on the Nature, Creatures,Uses, and Symbolism of Water
43. Odin's Gateways - A practical handbook of Rune Magic & Divination by Katie Gerrard---CURRENTLY READING