For this project I combined gorgeous steampunk pieces from Faith Pocock Craft Studio with recycled book covers to make a journal and a book box to hold the journal.
I constructed the box, cutting out circles so I could insert some of Faith's MDF cogs into the holes. For the top of the box I constructed a frame because I wanted to be able to see the book when it was inside the box.
For the book itself I made some faux leather using brown paper packaging. I covered the front and back covers with the faux leather and used calico on the spine. I then used Gel medium in moulds to make steampunk pieces for the front and back cover.
I painted the MDF steampunk components with black gesso.
I layered the steampunk components on top of the box frame and hinged the frame using calico.
I used gel medium moulds around the top of the frame.
I then "rusted" everything using paint, texture paste and cinnamon powder.
The book has eight signatures containingg coffee dyed papers and map pages. The signatures are bound using a corset stitch.