Thursday, 27 June 2013

Journal Book Cover

Hi everyone I'd like to share with you a step by step on how I created my journal book cover.
Start with a hardcover book and remove all of the pages.
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Using Helmar Tacky Craft Glue  put a nice thick layer  of the glue over the the outsie of the book cover.   For best results make sure that you have a nice white thick layer.
Using an open flame (I like to use a candle) carefully and slowly burn the glue by passing it slowly over the open flame.  This process is time consuming and should not be rushed, keep passing the glued cover over the flame until the entire cover is burnt, as seen below.   Note that as you burn the glue it will bubble up and stretch, this creates the amazing texture.
Once the cover is burnt gently(as the glue underneath is often still not set) wipe with a soft cloth to remove the soot.
After leaving the cover for a couple of hours ( I left mine overnight) to allow the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue to dry completely, rub the cover over with Inka Gold.
Don't forget to shine up the cover with a soft cloth.
Book7Here is a close up of the amazing texture that is achieved from the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue.
Finish off the Journal, lining the inside of the cover with printed paper using Helmar Acid Free Glue. Use eyelets and seem binding to hold in your pages.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing this project as much I as enjoyed making it
Till next time


  1. Thank you for sharing. I am off to my studio to give it a go.

  2. Hi Cindy! Thank you SO much for this amazing tutorial that you have put together so artfully! I'm going to make this asap! I live in South Africa and hope I can find the same glue you used. I can just picture you (as a redhead) clutching this beautiful book! I love art, but also do photography, and on my planet redheads are rare! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    1. thanks Deon.... this technique is so much fun to do, but it is a little time consuming, but definitely worth it... I still use this Journal everyday... I hope you can find the glue... another brand that works for this technique is Aleene's Tacky Glue.... hopefully you can find it... I would love to see your book when it's done...