A new book. This one began with a sheet of brown Canson paper. With an old, stiff brush I applied a coat a gesso and raked the surface with wavy trails to give it a highly textured surface. After the gesso dried, I rubbed on a coat of blue acrylic ink with a rag; this was followed by several coats of metallic acrylic, silver and green, also rubbed on with a rag. A few hours later, the paper had the feel and appearance of shiny leather and was very flexible.
To wrap the prepared signatures (I rarely leave the signatures bare naked on these coptic books), I found a bit of printed giftwrap paper:
When the glued-up covers are completely dry, I'll sew the binding. Maybe tomorrow.