An altered book cover


This month's challenge at LESSology is all about books so I decided to finally tackle my art journal cover.

As I've shared previously in my tutorial on how to make an art journal out of an old book, this is my current art journal.

I went into my patterned paper scraps to pull out my paper strips which I adhered to the book with matte medium. Then I applied a coat of white gesso to prep the surface for paint. I wanted the patterns underneath to show through subtly.

I used The Crafter's Workshop stencil with ColourArte Radiant Rain shimmering mist to create some background design. 

Then I went in with some acrylic paints to pull the background colours together. You can use any acrylic paints here but these dabbers are a time-saver.:)

The next step was to draw my girl. I drew her with PrismaColor pencils, then added in the details with Posca and Montana paint markers.

I used watercolour for her hair so that you can still see the colours underneath.

P/s: You can see more of my art journal sketches on Instagram. :)


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alexa said...

The textures and layers in here play beautifully against the surface image. Lovely!

Lynn said...

It is so amazing to see your journal cover being constructed. Thanks for sharing your artistic gift. I loved the journey of the journal.

Lizzy Hill said...

It's really interesting seeing how you've created your cover. Fascinating journey. Talk about a HUGE difference and so, so much the better. Your girl is STUNNING, too!!

Sharon Fritchman said...

She is gorgeous, Yvonne! Thank you for sharing your creative process with all of us, too!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwww! She is gorgeous!!! This looks amazing!!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!!

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous altered book cover Yvonne! What a beautiful transformation and work of art!

Lisa said...

Absolutely stunning!! Wow!! She is so beautiful!! I love the colors!! This is gorgeous!! Wow!! Have a great day :)

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Cindy deRosier said...

What a transformation! I would never have guessed its origins. Great job!

Debbie Standard said...

How cool! Love your journal cover! It's awesome!

Tone-Lill said...

This is awesome Yvonne, you really got the Artist in you out, making this beautiful AJ cover :)

Audrey Pettit said...

Oooh, she is amazing, Yvonne, and so is your art journal cover! I really love how the strips of paper you added to the background show through in the texture of the finished piece. The depth you get with your layering of color is so cool, and of course your art girl is just stunning! Love the stars you added to her hair, too. Huge Wow!

Karon said...

WOW - she is stunning! You are so creative - love this. TFS

lavina agarwal said...

Wow she looks lovely!

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