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Altered Sketchbook Step by Step Guide


Create your own altered sketchbooks using a variety of texture layers and paint techniques.



Step 1 Select a sketchbook or note pad to alter. Books with non shiny covers are better, and those with a ring bound spine are easier to work too.







Step 2 Gently prise open the spirals and remove both the front and back covers. Use masking tape to cover the ribbon ties to keep them clean and free of paint.






Step 3 Create the texture on the covers by adding layers of scrunched up tissue. Add a thin layer of decoupage glue directly to the cover, scrunch up tissue paper and unfold it before adding it to the cover. Coat the tissue in a layer of decoupage glue to seal in place.


Step 4 Once the glue is dry, coat the covers in a layer of White Gesso. Watering down the gesso a little makes it easier to spread, be sure to paint in all the little creases created by the tissue.





Step 5 Next, add washes of Prussian Blue over the cover. Start with a very light wash and work up in intensity. The wash will pool where there are creases created by the tissue paper.





Step 6 Once you are happy with the level of colour to your cover, take a sponge and dab Paynes Grey around the edges to create a boarder.






Step 7 Take your favourite stamps and stamp them over the entire cover using Versafine Onyx Black. For my cover I have used stamps from Andy Skinner Steampunk stamp set from Stampendous.


Once the ink is dry, take a soft flat brush and lightly dry brush white gesso over the surface of the covers picking out and highlighting the peaks of texture created by the tissue paper.


Slip the covers back in to their binding and remove the tape from the ribbons.

Step 8 To create the central detail, begin by adding a rough layer of Texture Sand Paste with a palette knife. to a clock dial and two bolts.








Step 9 Paint the clock dial and bolts in a rusty finish. Firstly paint everything in Metallic Silver. Add washes of Paynes Grey, Burnt Umber, Yellow Oxide and Quinacridone Gold. Add layers of neat Quin. Gold and heat with a heat tool to bubble.


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Step 10 Behind the clock dial, glue a acrylic disc and a greyboard disc painted in the same rusty finish.

The acrylic disc adds an element of shine to your project and introduces another texture.






Step 11 For the heart embellishment, spread a small amount of modeling paste on to the base of the heart. Take the frame and press it in to place before removing it, this removes the excess paste from around the edges. Add a little crackle paste to the crown of the heart.





Step 12 Once dry, paint the centre of the heart in Cadmium Red before adding a wash of Paynes Grey followed by a dry brush White Gesso to highlight the textures. The frame I have painted in Medium Grey Value 6 to the top and Paynes Grey to the sides.

I have added Once Step Crackle to the centre of the heart for a glossy effect.




Step 13 To finish; glue your elements together and attach them to your cover, add the bolts just below the clock dial to link the foreground to the background tying the piece together.





List of products used:

DecoArt Decoupage Glue Matte

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey

DecoArt Media Gesso White

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold

DecoArt Media Modeling Paste

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Red

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Medium Grey Value 6

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Crackle Paste

DecoArt One Step Crackle Andy Skinner Industrial Clock Face Andy Skinner Flaming Hearts Andy Skinner Industrial Elements

Stampendous Andy Skinner Steampunk Stamp Set

Versafine Onyx Black

List of tools: Craft Mat

Selection of flat brushes, one for gluing Fine Round Brush

Palette Knife

Heat Tool

Water Spritzer


Please be advised project notes are provided for personal use only.









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