Monday, January 12, 2015

DecoArt Mixed Media Book Project - Part 1

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year.  This is my first post of the year with Altered Pages, and we have a fabulous sponsor, DecoArt.  I am so thrilled to get to play with their products this month.

For starters, my project will be a work in progress this month.  I am going to make a book, starting with the cover.  I decided to do the tutorial with snap guide to make it easier for everyone.

Close up of front cover

Check out How to Make Mixed Media Book Covers-Part 1 by Barbara Rankin on Snapguide.I

I just want to say that the DecoArt products I used in this project were of very high quality.  I was pleasantly surprised at the matte medium.  It was very easy to use and quite invisible.  The gesso was very thick and a little went a long way.  The crackle paste, well, what can I say.  It made the most fabulous cracks without any effort on my part, and I have had my share of problems with other crackle paints and pastes.  As for the acrylic paints and antiquing creams, I was amazed at the quality and ease of use. Once again, they were highly pigmented and, again, a very little went a long way.  I honestly believe you will like DecoArt's new Media line as much as I do.

Altered Pages Supplies:

Collage Sheets:  A Little of This and ThatKlein PostcardsFun Ephemera
Vintage Text Pages
Canvas Art Boards
Chipboard Scroll Corners
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen
Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
DecoArt Media Products

By the way, we will have a giveaway of DecoArt Products and a very useful Brayer from AlteredPages.   (total value $35.00)  We ask that you share our blog posts on YOUR social media pages/sites to be eligible.    Comment here and let us know where you posted!   Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, google+ !"

Stay tuned for the next installment of my book project in two weeks.  In the meantime, however, please be sure to visit the Altered Pages blog for more daily inspiration from the team, and check out the store for your mixed media and crafting needs.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, crafty week!



  1. Fab make Barb!! I love all the Deco line also- everything you have said is right on- great ,affordable products!!
    Love your color scheme!!

  2. Wonderful project and great tutorial!

  3. WOW, love the texture and the layers. GREAT JOB!

  4. Great cover...looking forward to the rest!

  5. Love this cover Barbara! Love the texture and details! The DecoArt products look amazing, I hope to try some soon. I pinned to Pinterest and will share on FB also. Always love what I see here!

  6. I like the cover and pinned it to That's Clever!

  7. Color, movement, texture...this piece has it all. Lovely!!

  8. Oh wow! I can't wait to see more. Beautiful covers and I enjoyed the tutorial!

  9. Barbara, I absolutely loved your step by step guide and this creation. Its stunning, great layers and texture!!

  10. As always, Barbara, your skill and eye for what is just right never fails to create wonderful things!
    This is a beautiful beginning to what I'm sure is going to be a knock-your-socks-off book! I'm especially looking forward to the way the pages will be bound/clipped/whatever to the covers. Thanks for sharing your techniques ... a couple of which I have every intention of stealing and using!

    Oh - for purposes of the contest, I shared the link to my timeline so I would be eligible for the goodies!

  11. Totally amazing tutorial. I love the idea of the canvas art boards for the front covers...never thought of that before, Duh! I usually use the 'real' thing...vintage book covers. Tristan posted about your tutorial on your blog so this is why I am here. What are friends for! Yes?
    I just became a follower, and will try to post your blog link to my sidebar so others can come to your blog too.
    warm wishes
    Teresa in California


  12. I've been seeing videos, etc. for the Deco fluid acrylics. I can't wait to try them. Your cover is amazing, thanks for sharing it with us. I'm going to share on FB and Pinerest.