People that write or draw often love to start with a blank, white page. This allows them to start with a beautiful piece in front of them but at the same time it sometimes makes them nervous that they are going to mess up their book. And, if you are someone that has a hard time picking out a book, you might not even know what you should buy.
There are different decisions that you have to make when buying a book such as what kind of medium you are going to use, what kind of information you want to put in the book, how you are going to set it up and organize it and more. When you are going to make a grimoire, you will need to start with a clean slate, and this means that you might even want to get rid of the one that you made earlier.
You can make decisions on how to make your grimoire and you can make it great without so much stress and worry.
What Kind of Book
The book that you choose needs to be based on what kind of grimoire you are going to make. Take time to write a list of the things that you want to include in your book and then you can figure out what book will be perfect for you.
Make it Pretty
You have to decide what you want your grimoire book to look like. If it is something that you don’t like to look at and read, chances are that you will never open it and use it. If you don’t like books that are made out of leather, do not pick a leather cover. DO you want something black and white or with a lot of colors? Are you someone that loves to draw nature pictures such as flowers? If so, you can use pressed flowers on the front of your book.
Once you decide what you want your book to look like, you can start making your own book. Know what you want before you get started so that you can pick the right materials.
Make it Move or Keep it Home
You need to know if you are going to keep your book at home or if you are going to take it places with you. You will not want to have a big, bulky book to lug around in your groups or wherever you go. If you need to put a lot of information in the book, then you will probably get aggravated when you don’t have enough room in the book.
It is most important that you think about what you are going to use the book for and if you are going to take it places with you and what kind of information you want to put in it before you start. You can even make multiple books and split the information up so that you can take with you the parts that you want at the right times.
Maybe you will make one book for information and references and one book for all of your spells and potions. You can decide what kind of books you want to make or if you want to make more than one book. You will be able to carry your book easier if you do not put so much information in it.
You also can consider doing a book online. Going digital can help you if you are someone that wants to take all of your information with you. You will be able to have access to all of the material, right at the tips of your fingers. If you feel that this is for you, doing a digital grimoire can help you.
There are different programs that you can find online and even though not all of them will resonate with you, if you are someone that travels often, look online, and see if you can find a program that fits your needs and your desires.
You can choose a digital and it can be perfect for you, but if you want something you can carry around, stick with a physical book.
Removable or Changeable Pages
You should start by deciding how you are going to arrange and organize your grimoire. You can decide if you want to put it in a binder or if you want to use different notebooks. The great thing about a binder is that you can organize the papers and move them around if you want to. This can make things more flexible for you if you change your mind about what you want to put in your book.
What kind of medium are you planning on using? If you are using watercolors or some thick paint, you might need to make sure that your pages are stronger and will not leak through. Figure out what you want to put in your book and decide if you are going to draw with pencil, pen or if you are going to paint.
You need to consider what kind of paper you are getting and if you want there to be lined or blank sheets of paper. Lined paper can make it hard if you are going to draw pictures in your book, but it can be very helpful if you are writing.
Recipes and Spills
You need to make sure that you are not going to spill things on your book, especially if you choose an expensive book. If you are someone that is kind of messy, make sure that you find a book that is strong and that can get things on it without ruining it.
Pay attention to how much money you are going to spend on your book. You might want to save your money so that you can have any choice that you want when you are buying your book. If you are wanting something specific, find out how much it is and what you need to put back to get your book.
You do not have to start with something expensive and your first grimoire can be less expensive if that is what pleases you.
What Medium to Use
Once you decide what medium you are going to use, you need to get your supplies. Find out what medium you are comfortable with using. If you want to paint, find something that works for you but if you have never painted, you might want to start with something less messy and easier such as a pen or pencil.
Think of the medium that you are going to use and decide if you have used it before or if you are new. Pick the materials that will make your book look good and you can figure out ways to write and draw things.
Try great things such as pictures or calligraphy. You can even go to a scrapbook store and pick up some materials.
Be inspired when you do your book, and you will never go wrong. Let your mind go wild and be creative. Ask your intuition what you should use and listen to what your intuition tells you.
Using Your Grimoire
You need to know how much time you will spend in your book. This will help you to decide if you are going to make a lot of pages or if you are going to make a smaller book. If you are going to use this book often, you will need to make sure that you know that the book will have spills, it will get crumpled sometimes and the corners will get bent.
You need to understand that not everything has to be fancy. If you are doing spells, chances are that your ingredients will get on your book, and it can make your book look rough. This doesn’t mean that it won’t be beautiful, it just means that you need to prepare for spills.
Organizing Your Grimoire
It can be hard to organize your grimoire if you have never done this before. Some people will do journals because these are easy, and you can put them in some kind of order. You can start on one blank page and then go to the next.
Other people will put lots of information such as spells, ingredients, herbs, and other things and this can be more challenging for them to know what and how they are going to organize it. You need to know how many pages you are going to use for each of these things and stick with that many pages in the section.
Once you get started, you need to think about how you are going to organize your book. If you choose a binder, you can rearrange the pages, and this is why a binder is so good. You can start with something simple and then as you make books, you can make them more complicated. Starting easy will help you to know how to start.
You can always allow for extra pages in each section in case you need to add stuff later. If you don’t need the pages, you can add pictures or pressed flowers that you find.
Once you know what you are going to create, decide to start. You can start and you can start picking up materials that you want. If you get something simple and you decide to do a journal style, this can be easy for you to keep up with information. It might not be as pretty or organized as you hope, but once you have everything written that you want in your book, you can start and begin to fill it up with information.