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A Haunted Reading Room in a Faux Book!

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Update! A newer post about Teri’s artwork is here.

Do I dare say it… This is beginning to look like HALLOWEEN artwork?!

Teri Calia Rose Ella’s Reading Room or a Witch’s Grimoire… is so clever! A reading room inside a book! Plus clever use of Dresden trims to add texture to a wooden bookcase.

The project is built inside the Large Faux Book Box, which is a larger size of the ATC Sized Faux Book Box. It’s a faux book to put together with a wrap-around cover and a box area inside for building a little shrine or a book on a shelf with a secret compartment inside.

Note: the spine and front cover are separate pieces that you’ll need to hinge together with paper tape (or you can use metal hinges as Teri did).

The overall size when the book is closed is 6″x 9″ (and 2-7/8″ deep… the useable space inside is a bit over 2-1/2″: deep enough to accommodate most 1:12 scale tables or desks). Speaking of which: Teri used the Corner Bookcase with 3 Shelves inside the book, and she made it look wonderfully witchy!

I love the Candleholder Set and Row of Old Books shown in that close-up photo at left… plus that Chesterfield Chair!!

More info and photos of the project are in Teri’s blog post.

See everything Teri used to make her Rose Ella’s Reading Room or a Witch’s Grimoire… in the Supply List.

Vintage Coasters for Summertime Drinks

These are so pretty! And a perfect match of imagery with a technique that emphasizes the vintage, nostalgic feel. Design Team Member Betsy Skagen created these functional drink coasters by inkjet printing images from the Seaside Victorian Children Collage Sheet onto Lazertran Waterslide Decals.

“After printing, cut the paper into 4″ x 4” squares. Soak the squares for a few minutes in a bowl of water.

“While the images are soaking, use a clean rag to rub turpentine over the top of the tiles. Remove one image from the water and carefully the protective back off the image, while sliding the image onto the tile. Repeat for each of the images.

“Soak your clean rag with more turpentine and dab — do not rub — over the top of the images. Repeat this process a few times as the image dries. This will fuse the image to the tile and make the white parts of the decal disappear into the stone.

“After the tiles fully dry, spray them with three to four coats of spray matte polyurethane sealer.

“That’s it. All you have to do now is adhere felt feet to the bottom of the coasters to prevent the tiles from scratching other surfaces. Make a bunch ahead of time and you will always have last-minute hostess gifts on hand.”

Good idea about hostess gifts! Visit Betsy’s blog post for more photos.


Hooray for the Building Texture on a Bookcase Giveaway!

I decided to focus on Teri’s tutorial for adding texture (and skulls!) to a wooden dollhouse bookcase. This would be a fun way to add texture (with an overlay of gesso or paint to unify the items) to other styles of artwork, too (idea: use white paint of gesso for a shabby chic finish).

See the raw wooden bookcase (behind the first layer of Dresden) at top right? The next step is adding Gesso (or black paint) to get a base color (that grey skull was added after the paint… and he gets some paint added, too, to tone down the light grey). At the bottom of the photos is the finished bookcase!

All of the items in this Giveaway are from Teri’s Rose Ella’s Reading Room or a Witch’s Grimoire… Supply List (and I’m trying to constrain myself to only items shown in these photos — not terribly successfully! But that is to your benefit!):
– Black Ornate Leaf Dresden Scrolls
– Mini Floral Dresden Borders – Antique Gold
– Thin Fleur Dresden Borders – Black
– Tiny Resin Skull Mix
New Large Faux Book Box
– Saucy Witches Collage Sheet
– Spell Book Box Covers Collage Sheet (for those tiny book covers shown in the bottom of the photo at right)
– Large Bronze Fancy Filigree Set (used all over the front cover of Teri’s book… plus part of the 50% off Filigree Sale!)

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to all of the items in the Giveaway!

Bonus: One of Haunted Skull Frame FREE Gift Kits!

To enter the Building Texture on a Bookcase Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, July 25, 2016). And tell me: What items wil you try adding texture to via layering Dresden or charms? A dollhouse bookcase like Teri’s? A photo frame? Give me some ideas!

(Hm… I just had an idea… use larger chipboard flourishes to add texture to a larger book cover or frame. Like the Layered Victoria Scroll Border, or Victorian Chipboard Scroll Corners?)

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won Atlantis with a Steampunk Twist Giveaway? That would be Carol Slowik! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, July 24th, 2016

78 responses to “A Haunted Reading Room in a Faux Book!”

  1. Connie L. says:

    I love this idea! It would be great for decorating a spell book.

  2. I have always wanted to do a haunted dollhouse. I thin the technique would be wonderful for the edges of the wall. I love Halloween so much!

  3. Carla says:

    I would definitely add texture to furniture,. Also the spell book

  4. Evelyn Reyes says:

    OMG how beautiful is this, would love, love to replicate

  5. Erika says:

    I’d love to try adding the textures to a china hutch I’m working on!

  6. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    I really like this one….clever and surprising. I would add some skulls to the scenario…

  7. Holly says:

    That’s amazing. I want to make a whole bookshelf of these!

  8. Ritva says:

    Oh, this is so cool; I would add layering to the walls!

  9. Rise St Arno says:

    Skulls under wallpaper to look like its coming out of the wall!

  10. Judy Roberts says:

    I would texture books to give them an aged & often used look.

  11. Since I just love Halloween, this give away is my dream come true. Come to mama!!!!Love it ,Love it!!!

  12. barb macaskill says:

    I would use this technique to add texture to the Standing Dome to use as a background for a life size hand coming out of the ground!The Dome would be covered with flying dirt from the grave as the hand reaches out to grab visitors as they pass by!
    macaskillbarbara at yahoo dot com

  13. I would love to win this and make a collage with these items. Th
    Thank you

  14. Haven’t entered in quite a while, but couldn’t resist this – it’s starting to get close to Halloween again! In addition to the Dresden pieces, I think I’d add a little skull hand coming out; I’m not sure where I’d put it in the bookcase, or maybe save it for the wall. But the little hand could hold your tiny witches hat….I already have made an Edgar Allen Poe studio, and I have also made a witches kitchen, (that I still add to.) So a witches reading nook would be perfect!

  15. Nadine says:

    They could be used for exterior textures on a gothic or witches dollhouse.

  16. Kari Gluski says:

    I love this library in a book idea! And I am hoping to do a Rococo room box using filigree and dresden to decorate the walls for a palatial look.

  17. Michelle Berry says:

    Hurray for anything Halloween!!! This will be fun to make! You could do different rooms and make a house out of them. I would use the charms on the walls to make texture. You could do little ghosts or even spiders under the wallpaper and maybe do a little dry brushing on top just so you see a little of it out of the corner of your eye. The possibilities are endless!!

  18. Aggie Stiefer says:

    I would add texture to the book

  19. Diane D says:

    This is so amazing, love everything about it.

  20. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I will make this into a garden room with my grannies resting and reading her garden books

  21. Lana says:

    Adding texture to the wallpaper and putting a bit of gold gilt on it too.

  22. Mary Mac says:

    Would love to add plants.

  23. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Layers and layers on the edges of a shadowbox. Either in a monochromatic method or using layers of contrasting dresden.

  24. Denise Bryant says:

    Love that dollhouse bookcase! I love Halloween, so it would be fun to do one with a spooky theme!

  25. Kay Horner says:

    The reading room is amazing! I love Halloween and all the great things that come out for it.

  26. Jen R says:

    I like to add texture to a lot of my mini furniture items and those Dresden pieces would work so well…

  27. Jan K says:

    I would love to use it to trim out some windows and to use along a mini staircase. Love this!!

  28. Cocoa Fornelli says:

    OMG! What a wonderful idea for Halloween! Love the use of the book and then the corner bookcase just sends it over the top! Perhaps a crawling on top of the book?

  29. Leslie Hanson says:

    I would get the 1:12 Rustic Door for the front of the book and have a blast altering it using Teri’s technique!

  30. Linda Hughes says:

    I love the room! I would also add some Dresden trim. A Moon or maybe even a window! Also if there was a Dresden spider web available I would add that…

  31. Andrea says:

    I would add texture to the cigar box I am decorating for my husband. He keeps all my cards and letters in the one I made for him when we were dating, but it is almost full. He loves creepy so the skulls add a nice touch!

  32. Jennie Ingram says:

    I’d love to try using the dresden technique on a spell book I’ve been meaning to work on soon…. Gotta get on that one!

  33. Monica Gabehart says:

    I would add a faux bookcase to the inside cover so that when you open the box, the scene expands more visually. I would add architectural textures to that wall and carry over the skull trim, and scroll work trim ideas, to match the corner bookcase.

  34. cathrine bolin says:

    Every witch needs a library:)

  35. Katie west says:

    I’ve a dear friend who collects (amongst other delights) Harry Potter themed treasures. This would be adapted to become Severus Snape ‘ s library.

  36. Lou Anne says:

    That Dresden trim is a great way to add texture. I’ll try it on an altered cigar box and some shrines I’m wanting to make.

  37. Karen Mallory says:

    Love Halloween!! I like adding filigree to so many of my projects. Especially when using thinner materials it helps make them stronger at the same time as adding dimension and texture.

  38. Leah Fein says:

    I definitely want to try layering on that I definitely want to try layering on that bookcase bookcase.

  39. marykay chisum says:

    Texture paste to look like peeling wallpaper.
    And distress some bricks as well. Emboss the book covers. So many possibilities!

  40. Debbie Lynch says:

    Here comes Halloween! Love creating for this holiday, I would especially LOVE to win. I could use some spooky paper clay adornment’s to layer over some of the wood, and of course paint it all black.

  41. Dennis L. says:

    Would use Teri’s ideas to add Dresden to the bookcase and the photo frame. Also like the ideas of layering on the book cover, or spine.

  42. Traci says:

    Love Halloween-I get so excited seeing all the new halloween item. I am going to have to make a witches spell book with the new large book box and add some great texturing to the covers. Like a black cat. >^..^<

  43. Kim Lucak says:

    Love the idea of an old library with classic books!! Maybe one of the antique library ladders??

  44. Lynne R says:

    Halloween is a huge holiday in our home. We decorate the entire inside and outside. I joined our local miniature club in 2012 to keep me company when my entire family went to serve overseas. The show that year was Halloween in Minature. I have been obsessed ever since. Love your bookcase and will be recreating it to help celebrate the holiday this year!

  45. chark says:

    I love that bookcase, so I’d probably have to use the technique on that. This project is sooo great!

  46. Megan Warren says:

    I have a couple of wooden jewelry boxes I picked up to paint for my nieces now they are old enough to appreciate them and I’d love to try the texture and charms on them, as well as replace the gold latches on them (sorry, not a fan of gold, love the old brass look). I also have some small paper mache boxes I give as gifts that the layering technique would be great for.

  47. M. C. Sparks says:

    Ooo a Victorian drawing room!

  48. Cheryl Lee says:

    Love the bookbox! I would do what Teri did with a bookcase or other piece of unfinished dollhouse furniture. Nice job!

  49. judy onofrio says:

    I’d use the little lions head I have from alpha!

  50. Joanne Root says:

    Oh, yes, texturing the bookcase like the example is right up my alley!

  51. Barbara Souza says:

    This is very fun. It would be great to win! I would texture the box.

  52. Helen says:

    I would texture the book box inside and out, depending on the muse . I may make the reading nook, or a spells and potions witches book. Love the bookcase too, so I might add that to my wish list.

  53. Julianne says:

    I would add texture to the ceiling of the haunted reading room via layering dresden.

  54. A painting. I have a particular interest in walls, these days, especially beat up ones.

  55. Margaret D says:

    I love the texturing idea! I have some scale furniture I have been fiddling with and one piece is a cupboard that would look wonderful dressed in Dresden. I also have two or more caravans that would be so much fun to dress this way. Tiny books would be so neat with Dresden added to the covers so they look like the old embossed leather books. I would definitely use this on the book box itself. I am so excited to see Halloween in this months giveaway

  56. Julie C says:

    I love it! I would like to make something similar myself. I love Halloween!

  57. Jean Marmo says:

    One of my favorite projects! I could see doing this!

  58. Marilyn says:

    I would add dust or webbing to give it a spookier feel.

  59. I’d put it on a witch. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  60. Heather L Cook says:

    I love this! I think this would be a great technique on ATCs….

  61. Jen Beksel says:

    I’m loving the spookies in July! I would add a few more curiosities; perhaps a glass phial or two, and definitely some feathers and botanica.

  62. Judy Burris says:

    I’m imagining a weapons room or study with a Van Helsing theme! I would add texture to a small box of vampire slaying tools, a window box of garlic, an indoor fountain of holy water, an antique table with carved wooden stakes and crosses laying on it…. oh my imagination is going wild!

  63. Kat Cashwell says:

    Yay Halloween!!!! I would texture the walls with skeleton parts so it would look like ghosts coming out of the walls! maybe texture some blood running down the walls!

  64. Nancy S says:

    Just love these ideas. Would add texture to a mirror and add an image to that mirror for a real “spooky” halloween affect!

  65. Michelle says:

    I just love Halloween. Love the texturing of the bookcase. I would texture doorways in a dollhouse.

  66. Cherry Koontz says:

    It will be Halloween before you know it! Although it is 100 degrees outside today!

  67. Leanna Alverson says:

    Whatever room I end up putting inside a “book” will definitely contain something with texture!

  68. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Just put me in that reading room with a scary book and I will be happy.

  69. Susan Devillier says:

    Love anything Halloween!

  70. Susan S says:

    I love all of the Halloween and gothic ideas I get here. I have been wanting to do a witch’s apothecary – what a great way to add some texture.

  71. Marlene Daniels says:

    Something with flowers and garden related. Although I love what she has done and might like to replicate it.

  72. KIM says:

    Thinking about Christmas in July .
    The Dresden borders would be great on the ornaments, I’m planning to make.

  73. carmen g says:

    Using some old broken rhinestone strips I have could be used, gessoed and painted. Even layers of punches can be punched, glued, gessoed and painted. There’re really NOTHING…paper or metal that you couldn’t use!!

  74. Susan M L says:

    Would try Dresden borders on dollhouse furniture, book covers, cigar boxes, tins, and maybe on a Santa sleigh.

  75. Amy says:

    great ideas to try on so many different things……

  76. Elizabeth H. says:

    I would use the borders on handmade cards and a spell book for Halloween.

  77. Barb Striethorst says:

    Love books – spooky or fantasy!!

  78. Karen says:

    Just what a retired librarian needs