It is no secret I am a girl who has a heart for crafts, and since my last anime DIY got so much positive feedback, I thought I would try my hand at another one! This time instead of recreating one of Chiyo Sakura’s playful hair pieces, we are going to venture into mimicking a much darker anime. If you read my last post, you already know that I aim to construct my own version of Light Yagami’s Death Note, but in case you were unaware, here is a little refresher.
In relation to my personal life, Death Note speaks to me in a number of ways, one Huge influence the show has had on me as a whole is how I approach the “living dead”. What I mean by this comes directly out of Romans 8:13, where Paul the Apostle tells of those who are living according to the flesh, but are dead spiritually. As I identify with those destined to such a terrible fate, I too have chosen to take the liberty to write the names of these individuals in my own journal, wishing them no more than the blatant disappearance of their worldly desires.
At this I have chosen to transform my notebook into a visual reminder of this active commitment of concern, and thus the “Prayer Note” has come to be. Today I plan on teaching and instructing others to make such a notebook, especially the ones who feel so inclined to likewise envision their duty as believers and call for the creative Kingdom of God.
Without any further ado, let’s get started. The materials needed for this project are as listed:
-A black “softcover” or paperbound notebook of your choice. I found mine at the furniture store IKEA, but you can also get your online here.
-A downloaded version of a Death Note inspired font. The safest and most accurate one I have used can be found at fonts addict.com.
-A white oil-based paint marker. Sharpie sells them at craft stores such as Hobby Lobby, but you can also find them online on Amazon.
-Some white printer paper.
-A #2 pencil or a drawing pencil of your choice (the softer the better).
-Scissors and a paperclip.
To start out you will need to take the font you downloaded and load it into your font data base (for Mac users this would be your Font Book). From there you can easily open your Word processor, or in my case I used Adobe Illustrator. Set the document to the same size as your journal (mine was 8×5″), and began typing out the title of your journal according to the width and height you want it to be. Treat the document as a template for your journal, making sure it looks and feels just as you so desire. For mine, I inserted the [capitalized] words “Prayer Note” about an inch down and left about a half an inch margin on either side of the text. I also put a quick border (rectangular box) around the frame of the document, so that when it came time to transfer the type, I would know what to line up the edges of the journal with.
Once you get your template to your taste, go ahead and print it out on an 8.5×11″ sheet of paper, and then cut it down to size. (Note: If you trust my judgement on the aforementioned steps, you can download the pdf document below and skip ahead to this part of the project where we proceed as follows.) After sizing your template down, flip it over, and take out your #2 pencil. Here you are going to perform what I like to call a pencil rubbing, and to do this you are going to roughly sketch over the text on the opposite side of the sheet. Make sure when you do this, the graphite lead covers the type entirely, careful not to skip over any spaces or blank spots, no matter how small.
Once this task is completed, you can flip the document back over, and go about attaching it to the front cover of your journal via some paperclips. Calmly and carefully, you are going to take a blunt pencil and trace the type as it appears before you. You want to do this hard enough to allow the lead to rub off on the other side, but light enough so that you won’t make and actual indent on the cover of the notebook. In turn, it should look something like this.
Now it is time to take paint to the paper! Grab your oil based white paint marker, shake it, dispense the tip, and trace away. It’s a good idea to check the flow of the liquid on a spare piece of paper beforehand as this will determine the thin or thickness to your lettering. Once dry, I went over the type two more times so that the white from the marker was consistent and there was no black showing through. If you have come this far, congratulations! That is all it takes to make your very own “Prayer Note”. Share it with friends, write down their names, and even ask for a request or two. If all else fails, envision their face and lift it up to the God who promotes death in the flesh and grants life in the Spirit.
If you gave this project a try, like and comment below; I’d love to see how you transformed a TV prop into a reminder and symbol of your own faith!