Sabrina’s Book of Shadows Tutorial

Let’s make a Book of Shadows! Specifically, Sabina Spellman’s from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. But remember, these techniques can absolutely be used for other cosplays!

First, you need a book base. I went with wood, that way it’ll hold up for awhile, but you can also use paper mache. I also like that it opens up, so I can use it like a purse!

Next, paint it black. I chose to paint the inside as well, but this isn’t absolutely necessary. You do want to paint the entire outside black, though.

Next, you’ll need an eye. I chose to paint one following this video and a resin cabochon I made. But you could also purchase one, or follow a tutorial of your choice. Center that like Sabrina’s book and glue. Mine is actually a bit high. I probably should have referenced my photo a little more often.

Next, cover your book in foam. I used 2mm foam because it’s what I had. I’d suggest not using anything greater than 3 mm. Carefully, cut to fit your book. Then glue it down.

In pencil, trace where you would like your eyelid to be.

Carefully cut out, being careful not to scratch your eye.

Seal your foam however you like (heat + pva glue, plastidip, etc). Paint your book in a brown leather fashion. I usually do a base coat of a medium brown, then go in and blend in darker and lighter browns before everything has a chance to dry. There are numerous tutorials to help you achieve the look you’re going for.

Add inverse pentagram around the eye and border. I drew this in pencil first, then carefully filled in with metallic gold paint.

And decorative borders. You can do this in numerous ways. Free hand sketch, stickers, or create a stencil. I found stickers I liked and went with those.

Finally, to create a page effect, paint the area an off white color (likely about two coats) and while the paint is wet, drag a fork, or other pronged instrument, across the surface to pull paint away.

And that’s it! Your book is finished! Time to get spooky!

Feel free to leave me a comment here or on IG if you have and questions. And if you make a book using my tutorial, please tag me!

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