The book would have been too thin.
So I did what was the most obvious thing, and tore it all in half. Viola - twice the thickness, smaller book.
I could have kept going.... But as I had already stained the paper; once I had torn it a second time, the edges were too white on one side.
To stain again?
A-whole-nother day of waiting?
I had a pot of tea made, with some linen soaking in it. Taking my paper stack, I dipped one side of it in the tea. After blotting it with a towel, I set to laying the half-wet sheets out to dry.
Looking at it reminded me of Joss paper - I had bought some in my early teens from an The Indian Emporium up in Karangahape Road (which sadly, after 30 years, has long since closed, but it was a wonderful store with all sorts of treasures). Joss Paper is actually traditionally Chinese and also known as ghost money.
I was standing next to the iron (on its last legs) and taking a wet piece of paper, decided to iron it lightly. It slowly dried - simultaneously creating more of a Joss Paper appearance.
So kneeling down, I ironed the lot.
Two didn't survive.
But the delight!
This little book will be a sweetie.
I created a leather cover for it which is sleeping overnight in the press.
Tomorrow I will marry the two.