Non-TF: Evil Dead Necronomicon

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  1. Nightwind

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    Back in October, I put together a costume of Ash from the Evil Dead series. It turns out that it has turned into more of a cosplay costume vs. just a one time Halloween costume. I have a boomstick. I have a chainsaw. What could possibly be missing? A copy of The Book of the Dead, of course!

    Materials used:
    • Cardboard
    • Brown cloth
    • Brown paper lunch bags
    • Hot glue
    • Quick Grip contact cement
    Paint used:
    • Apple Barrel Acrylic Black
    • Apple Barrel Acrylic Nutmeg Brown
    • Apple Barrel Acrylic Khaki
    • Krylon Satin Clear
    This was surprisingly easy once I checked out a few online tutorials! I measured and cut out a piece of cardboard that could cover standard 8 1/2 x 11 printer paper. I covered the cardboard in some spare brown cloth that I had left over from a previous project and using the Quick Grip cement to hold it in place.

    Using the hot glue, I outlined the face for the front of the book and the ear for the back of the book. Random lines were added for detail and texture.

    I painted the entire cover black for the base coat. I followed this up with a heavy dry-brushing of the nutmeg brown and the a much lighter dry-brushed coating of the khaki. The inside of the book was covered with the brown lunch bags. Both the inside and outside were painted with the clear satin.

    The pages of the book were downloaded from Elder Props. I picked out my favorite pages and aged them using coffee and tea. I dipped each page in coffee and hung them up to dry. Once dry, I brewed some tea and added some age spots to random pages. No real rhyme or reason, I just went in and had fun with it! I used two pieces of cardboard to hold all of the pages together and created a binding using hot glue. Once the glue dried, I took my bundle of pages and attached them to the book using the Quick Grip cement.

    All-in-all, I was very happy with the results! This may be something that I re-visit in the future. Maybe I'll try different versions of the book from the various different movies or the series. For now, though, I think it will go very well with the rest of the costume!

    As always, comments and critiques are welcome!
     

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  2. greboguru

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    AWESOME!!! Evil Dead 2 is one of my favorite movies. This is so cool, I wish I had one.

    Shouldn't the "ink" of the illustrations be reddish brown, though? Because it was inked in BLUHHHHHHHHD... :) 
     
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    I'm surprised no one has thought to make a AoD-style Necronomicon into a case for all the movies.

    That being said, this is an awesome piece!
     
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  6. Nightwind

    Nightwind Aka Dusty Bottoms.

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    Thanks! I had thought about the red ink thing when I was printing these out. I decided that I liked the black for now, but I'm already thinking about making other copies with some differences in technique. I'm going to see about altering the color to a dark red/brown for those copies. :) 

    Thanks! Now that you've mentioned the case idea... I'm a giant nerd for these movies and I have them on VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray. I could totally get a case together for one of those formats for sure!

    *cough* "Okay, then... That's it!" ;) 
     
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    I'm 90% sure some edition of one of the movies (probably AoD) came in a Necronomicon Ex Mortis case...

    Yep.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I know, but I meant one to bind them altogether in one volume - I've been floating the idea in my head for Evil Dead & Tales from the Crypt.

    I actually stumbled across the rare Laserdisc of EDII in a Goodwill about 6yrs ago & was blown away by how near-mint it was! But I've only got the rest on DVD, with the exception of AoD - got the bootleg edition too.
     
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    This is absolutely amazing! Excellent work!
     
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    That is just to fantastic for words. Superb job well done.:thumb 
     
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    This is excellent. :D 

    Awesome work.
     
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    Really awesome job! Cover looks perfect. Ink color and page wear could be changed (pages still seem too neat even after coffee/tea added. Edges also need wear) but still a great job. Now I want one.
     
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    THAT is FREAKING AWESOME!!!!
     
  14. Nightwind

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    Thanks, everyone! So glad to see so many fans of the movies here!

    Thanks! I totally agree with the wear on the pages. I have a bad habit of going overboard with that kind of thing, so I think I was pulling back too much on this project. I've already decided to work on another version of the book, so I'm going to work on wearing those pages down more this time. I've tried a couple of different programs now and I'm not finding a way to alter the ink color. It's cool, though. Honestly I'm ok with the black ink instead of red.

    Thanks again for all of the awesome feedback, gang! I really do appreciate it!
     

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