For the back of the book box I used modeling paste through a stencil. I added the leather belt pieces using metal filigree pieces and decorative brads.
The front and the back were painted black and then drybrushed with red paint and gold wax.
For the three sides of the book box I used modelling pasted and then dragged a fork through the paste while it was wet to give the effect of book pages. Once the paste was dry I painted the edges with brown paint and vintage photo ink. I then added gold to the edges.
To get the look of scales I glued eggshells to the cover and around the picture ont he front cover. I then painted the eggshesl with black gesso and then used the same paints I used on the book box.
I made my own hitches for the closure using brads and eyelets. I glued these into place and then I added a gem to the front of the cover. On the back I sued brads and metal filligree pieces. I used more brads to secure the leather belt in place for the closure.
I then dyed the paper for inside of the journal. The paper is a mix of 130 and 200gsm paer with four signatures with eight full pages in each signature. I used a hidden binding system and decorated the spine using metal filigree and brads.
Thank you for reading this and I hope it has inspired you to try something similar.