Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Tutorial Tuesday: Quick Books!
I think each miniaturist has their own way of making books. Some skillful artisans craft very realistic books with tiny printed pages and beautiful binding that take a lot of time and effort (and look amazing). Others might buy some of the blank books that are out there in many miniature shops. But many of us, with less time, perhaps, need something quick (and cheap!) to fill up a bookshelf.
Today, that was my goal: to make some books that are quick and easy to fill up space in my historical society bookshelf. This is what I did (and I don't take full credit for this idea, as I am sure I've been inspired by others I've seen online - but can't quite remember who at the moment...). Anyway, here's what you need:
- some white or off-white paint and brush
- brown Kraft paper (used for wrapping parcels)
- covers of the books you'd like to make shrunk down to size on your computer (I use Gimp photo imaging software - it's free and very easy to use, especially if you know how to use Photoshop)
Hint: If you have a color inkjet printer, you will definitely want to seal your book covers after printing - Mod-podge is a quick and easy solution. I have a color laser printer, so it's probably not completely necessary, but I do it anyway, just in case. (And it looks nice!)
Step 1: Measure the size of your book (using a cut out cover as a guide) onto your piece of wood.
Step 2: Cut the wood! Use what you have in your stash - a miter box and saw, an X-acto knife, or an Easy Cutter (my favorite tool!)
Step 3: Paint the edges of your block of wood. You only need to paint one long edge and both short edges. These are your "pages". :)
Step 4: Cover the book (except for the "pages" of course) with the Kraft paper.
Step 5: Glue on your cover!
great book printie sites out there where you can find some modern and antique book covers. :)
I hope this was useful! If you have any questions about something I did, I will be happy to add it in to this tutorial.