Before I start into the weekend (to celebrate the graduation of my youngest sister) I want to show off my latest book. Please note the “true Coptic double headbands“. But it’s the inside pages what interests me now: On the picture above you can hopefully see that they are colored. I dyed them using tea (again). Other than the last time I didn’t dip the paper in tea, but applied it with brushes. Like painting with the tea on the sketching paper. And this time I didn’t actually use real tea brewed from the leaves of the tea plant but from fruits, peppermint, and other herbs.
I tried to capture the effect in the picture to the left, but it turned out surprisingly hard to make good photos of it. The coloring of the pages vary significantly from a faint gray to a rather bright yellow. It was meant to give a more interesting background for a journal. When I held the finished book in my hands, I briefly thought about leaving it as it is (as a book filled with tea-paintings). But this is a stupid idea: It is a journal with an interesting background.
I first painted the whole sheets from both sides (letting them dry before turning them over). Then I teared them to size, completely wet them again, and let them dry between thick pieces of coarsely woven cotton (was the an upholstery material before). I once changed the fabric between them, and pressed them while they were then drying over night. This gave them a nice structure (visible on this photo – at least if you know what to look for).
I wish you a nice weekend! – And leave you with another picture of my book.