Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Step by step, "Faux" River Song book of spoilers: (book box makeover):

 This project is a book box, but i have done the same thing to three or four bought blank journals and it works just fine.
here is a completed journal using the same basic technique...
If you are doing a journal, depending on the surface, make sure you sand it a little and wipe back any sanding dust. wrap the inner journal pages up in clingfilm (clear food wrap)and tape it into place with masking tape. this avoids getting the pages all covered in paint and modelling paste etc.

So lets start on this River song book box....

you are going to need:

book box (or blank journal)
sheet of grunge board (or other reasonably thick card or chipboard)
Modelling paste
Blue acrylic paints (I chose DecoArt multi-surface paints in "night sky" and blue lagoon.)
Metallic lustres. (optional if you want your box to look new, but i like an aged "used" look to mine)

 So first of all you need to cut out your shapes. there is no use in me giving you exact sizes as you will all have different books and boxes to cover. so look at the shapes and how they build up. you can then cut them out to sizes suited to your project....

I begin assembling my pieces and glueing them in to place, working from the outside in .... (my book box only looks navy because it was once altered as a textured jewelled book box and has had all that scraped off. so its a realtering of a previous alteration. i painted it to make it look neutral and show up the steps easier.)

Now i dont like all those ugly gaps at the joints and the grunge board doesn't seem to belong to the rest of the book box yet. so, to fill in the joints and to blend everything in so it looks like one solid moulded shape, i used my DecoArt modelling paste.
I started applying with a pallet knife but always resort to my fingers. make sure its all flat and use the pallet knife to dig the excess modelling paste out of the recesses that define the shape. now let it all dry......
Come back to it the next day and if needed, sand the whole thing just to make it all smooth. now paint it. I painted it first with blue lagoon, let it dry and then gave a thinner lighter coat of the night sky, allowing the blue lagoon to sort of show through in places.
Once the paint has dried, i used my finger to apply some metallic lustre on edges and some random areas, just to add a slightly used build up of grime look.
Lastly i put on a coat of multi-purpose sealer.
Once the full box had dried, i did decide to add some science looking type papers to the inside. but again that is optional.I also like to add a layer of "dust" by soft brushing some talcum powder in to it.


  1. Oh wow that is cool. I figured it came that way, so much more interesting now that I know you built it from a flat surface.

  2. love your tutorial ! this is a great idea ! I am just pinning it


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