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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    Answered on June 17, 2020 5:39 pm
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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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