Color Touch Up on Clothbound Book

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Hi Sophia

Another coloring question on top of the one I asked about here, now I’m attempting a color touch up on the book we discussed back here

Just not sure how far I should go, as I know you’ve mentioned less is more with this stuff. The back looks better, the front looks ok. I’m using an Indigo Blue pencil for the cloth and put a tiny bit of white on “Adventures.” The Indigo is the darkest blue I have but I feel like it should be darker. If I could get the blue looking better I’m not as concerned about the white lettering. What do you think?

Also, you mentioned sealing it. Is that like rubbing with wax paper or is that like the fixatif spray I used on the paper?

Thank you!

Anil

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Asked on June 17, 2020 5:31 pm
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The light makes the new pics look much lighter but it’s a pretty dark blue cloth with a little bit of a nice shine on it.

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      You have certainly kept it very subtle. Good job. If you are not happy with the color pencil effect, you could either, get a wider variety of color pencils or attempt a watered down acrylics mix. Have you taken the color matching course yet? https://saveyourbooks.com/course/1-302-color-matching-acrylics-for-book-restoration/

      I have found that, no matter what you use, the key is making the lettering crisp by focusing on the dark outline. On the back board I would consider doing. a paste wash with a bit of the matching acrylics mixed into the paste.

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        Hi Sophia

        I took another stab at it, it's looking better though in the picture I really see that I've gone too dark. But mainly I still don't feel the letters look that crisp. Any tips for me on how you do that? 🙂

        Anil

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            It doesn't seem to dark to me. Looks pretty good! You can improve the letters by focusing on the edges of the lettering. I would use a liner brush with white acrylic paint and maybe a magnifying lamp.

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              Hi Sophia

              Do you discuss the paste washing technique in any of the videos? I'm not sure of adding the paste, how think it should be, application techniques, etc. When I tried it today I got the color mix ok but once I added the paste it got much lighter than I wanted.

              Thank you,

              Anil

               

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                  I don't have a course on this yet. I think the key here is that the substance should be more paste and less wash. As a guess I would say 40% acrylic paint (not paint mixed in water, but straight from the tube and mixed to the right color) then 60 % paste. I have a little Japanese bowl with a rough interior I use to mush it all up. I can see I need to make a video but I hope this helps for now! I apply with a small natural sponge over large areas and a tiny brush where needed.

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                    Hi Sophia 

                    Here's my try at the wash. Getting the color right was pretty tough for me, this was close but a little darker. Any comments on the application? It's ok but a little streaky and uneven. And do I need to seal it or anything? Also, it has a few puckers I noticed now (though not 100% sure if they were there before), was this something I could avoid next time?

                     

                    Anil

                     

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                        Hi Anil,

                        First of all, it looks pretty darn good I think. You will improve color matching with more practise. Remember with blues that you can either go toward green or red. To make any color muddier looking add the color from across the color chart. The puckering happens because the moistre re-activates the adhesive and releases it. The key is to work quickly and dry it quickly. I use a hair dryer and I rub gently through parchment paper if bubbles appear. Sometimes you can get the bubbles to re-adhere with more moisture but that has issues too. Sometimes I squirt paste into the bubble with a syringe but it can create a stain because you can't control the moisture well. Mostly I just leave them. If there are really bad bubbles sometimes I have lifted the whole cloth off the board by cutting at two edges. This is scary dangerous but it also works. The main problem is that the cloth can stretch so you have to control the moisture. I hope this was helpful.

                         

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                          Oh awesome thank you. I used the brush from the kit but I can see why a sponge would have been better as the mixture was pretty thick. I guess I thought the term wash would mean a more liquid solution but when I made the 40/60 paint/paste combination was much heartier. It's basically supposed to be like painting/dyeing the cloth, right? And do I need to do anything to seal it before putting it on a shelf with other books?

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                            The acrylics serve as a sealant so they should be ok near your other books. The "wash" can be thicker or thinner depending on what is needed. Cheers!

                             

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