I recently developed a small obsession with grimoires and old books, and decided to have a go at making my own. I have collected the relevant supplies and made a start on preparing the pages.
I wanted to give my book an olde worlde feel, so I am tearing the edges of all the pages and staining them with tea. The stack of pages in the picture are the ones I have torn so far, and the top sheet has been tea stained to see how it turned out. I was happy with the result. The colour is just what I was hoping for and the paper dried with a crispy, brittle feel to it, which I think helps it seem older.
So far, I have torn the edges of 36 sheets of A3 paper and stained one of them. I plan on making a 500 page book, so that leaves 214 sheets to tear and 249 to stain. It’s slow and time consuming, but hopefully it will be worth it when I have a beautiful, hand made tome to satisfy my obsession.