Step 1: Coat leather in leather conditioner, use a soft bristled brush. Leave for 1-2 days to allow for full absorption.
Step 2: Apply patches using mulberry or Thai Kozo rice paper and watered down PVA glue (about 1:1). This will reinforce the leather in weak spots and also allow for reattachment (of spine and covers).
Step 3: Paint the patches. Match the paint to the book to get the colors as close as possible. Here I used burnt umber, raw umber, and raw sienna. It is also good to have cadmium red, yellow and cyan on hand. I use Windsor and Newton because I like the vibrancy and purity of color but any brand will work.
Step 4: Add detail if necessary using a gold paint pen.
Step 5: The final step involves cellugel, a leather consolidant that was only recently invented (about 50 years). It is a mixture of cellugel powder and 90% alcohol and is the last step in leather book repairs – it preserves the patches, paint and conditioning.
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