Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Spell Book

At my son's request, i made a spell book for his birthday this year (back in February). He loves to pretend he's a medieval sorcerer. i struggled over ideas for months, but then a few weeks before his birthday it all came together. He was very happy with it, even said it was the best gift he'd ever received (that was a serious heart-warmer!).

The above photo shows the book with 2 little boxes filled with dried leaves, 2 potion bottles filled with colored water (a name on one bottle comes from the video game "Oblivion") and a handmade pouch containing stones and "crystals". i also added a decorative pen, not shown.

i aged all the pages to give a very weathered and time-worn feel. Thank goodness for Ranger Distress Ink!

You can't tell from the photos, but every page had some kind of embossing or dimensional adhesive for texture.

i managed to make up one pretend spell!

i used clear envelopes to hold these pressed flowers and leaves.

In the pocket is a piece of aged paper for him to write/draw on.

As you can imagine, i used a ton of different supplies putting this together, so i'm going to opt out of listing them all here. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

And even though i haven't been on here much for months, i still make some kind of art almost daily...almost. i've been working quite a bit in my art journal, so maybe next post will reflect that.

Hope everyone is well! And have a fantastic day!


  1. what a wonderful idea!:-)...and beautifully done!:-)

    a real treasure!:-)



  2. Thanks, Rebekah! i checked out your website - your pressed flower art is beautiful! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I stumbled upon your blog completely by mistake and I am so gld I did! That is one beautiful book you made!

  4. Crap! Jessica, how on earth did I miss this post? This spell book is INCREDIBLE! He must have loved it! I love it!
    So many details and great aging going on...simply amazing. You should submit it to a contest or something.

    Miss you,