The second book I made this weekend was about 5″ X 8″, about the dimensions of a Moleskine. The book block is 200 lb. Fabriano Artistico and is sewn onto a leather spine. The covers are made from mahogany and finished with milk paint. I cracked the paint by drying each coat in the sun and then putting on another coat quickly, before the first one was completely dry. I used several colors, layer after layer and the distressed the paint by sanding through some of the colors. I’m not sure where it came from, but I had a picture of the minions from the movie Despicable Me laying on my desk and it got included in the binding. Here are the images:
The front cover:
The detail on the spine:
Here’s a close up of the minions:
If you’re interested in trying milk paint for yourself, I get mine from The Old Fashion Milk Paint Company.