Saturday, January 24, 2015

ALTERED Composition Journal

I sure hope everyone on the team is having as much fun as I am with the products we received from our partner DecoArt this month!!!  The products are high quality and clean up is a snap with soap and water!

Today I have altered a Composition Journal! 

First, I covered the book front and back with gesso. I love starting with gesso when a book has a smooth shiny surface.

The gesso gives the paint something to hold onto! Let it completely dry.

Then with the DecoArt DecouPage I added an interesting Vintage Text - Dictionary Page, making sure to get out all of the bubbles. Once the page was dry I added some texture here with DecoArt   Modeling Paste and Punchinella on the front and back.   Let it dry thoroughly.

Once dry, start painting with Media Fluid Acrylics:  Primary Magenta, Antiquing Cream and Cadmium Red Hue and Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint: Celebration Pink. Leave interesting areas of the text unpainted.  For more texture and contrast spray with irRESITable!

Back and front of the journal, ink around the edges and the spine of the journal with brown.  

This is what I had planned... got this far and felt it wasn't finished... so I kept going.

Add bubbles to the page with a small bottle top dipped in Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint: Black.  Also painted a frame around the areas of test not covered in paint.

Decided the Leaky Shed Queen Swallow would look great on the journal.  I inked Leaky Shed Queen Swallow with black ink and heat embossed her with clear embossing powder.

Add the Washi with DecoArt Matt Medium.  

Composition Book
Vintage Text - Dictionary Page
Ink - Black and Brown
Tacky Glue
Tacky Glue
Leaky Shed Queen Swallow
Giant Glitz Rhinstone from Mailbox Muse Kit All Dolled Up
Clear Embossing Powder
Washi Tape

DecoArt Supplies:
Modeling Paste
Media Fluid Acrylics:  Primary Magenta, Antiquing Cream and Cadmium Red Hue
Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint: Celebration Pink and Black

Matt Medium


  1. Love what you did with the composition book! I have several of these and this has given me the inspiration to try my hand at altering the cover. Great tutorial!

  2. Love the composition book transformation. Your tutorial is so informative and inspiring. TFS

  3. I like to give these books as gifts, this has inspired me to do more patining on them! THANKS

  4. I have a question. Did you paint over the area of the Punchinella and remove the paint in places? I am learning to add more texture , but I am not sure if I should add paint first or after! I added to pinterest at That's Clever♥

    1. On the front I added texture to the cover and painted after and wiped a bit off... then added more paint of a different color... PLAY with it... there is not right or wrong way. On the back I added texture after painting and then added more paint... PLAY with it!

  5. It's beautiful, Lyneen. Love all the texture!

  6. Love how the front and back match! Super way to repurpose a plain composition book.

  7. Wonderful! I love how you left part of the dictionary page text showing.

  8. Wonderful journal covers Lyneen! I am so glad that your muse kept going- the finished piece is just the best!!