Hi! Nikki here, and today I’m going to be decorating the cover of our very own DIY Art Journal. Let’s DIY and Decorate an art journal!
I go through each step, with pictures, and there isn’t any measuring! Woo!
Anyway, let’s get to the good part, right? After I made my first Art Journal prototype I invited my mom over to pick out her own old and damaged book so that she and I could make and decorate a pair of books together! The pictures I will be using are a mixture of my prototype book and also the decorating of a second book cover with my mom, as well as photos of her own decorated book cover.
It’s time for the DIY part of ” DIY Art Journal! ”
List of Supplies for Your DIY Art Journal:
- Old Hardback Book
- Papers (for the inside pages)
- Old dictionary pages (try using a wash of the pages for colorful effects!)
- Coloring pages
- Old planner pages
- Lined paper
- Sketch paper
- Just about any paper you can think of! Try out tea staining or splash some paint on some pages!
- Box Cutter (Use with caution)
- Acrylic Paints
- Paint brushes
- Glitter Glue
- Anything you may want to decorate the cover of your journal
- Dew Drops of your choice ( Shop The Robins Nest Dew Drops )
- Paper tape
- Stapler w/staples (Use with caution)
- E600 glue (Use with caution)
- Paper Towels
- Cup with water
- Paint pallet
Making the DIY Art Journal
Step 4 and 5:
Flip to the center page of each packet of pages. Use a stapler to staple the center so that all the pages are now connected. I use at least 3 staples (in the top, middle, and bottom.)
Make sure each packet of paper is stacked up as neatly as you can make them. Lay them into the spine. The papers should fit snuggly. Press into glue. Use a pair of clamps to hold the book tightly, or do what I did and stack a bunch of heavy things on top for a full 24 hours!
If you want to trim any pages, now is the time to go on ahead and do it!
Congratulations!!! You just made Yourself a little book to put whatever you want in! I hope you all love your art journal. Now, and more importantly, it’s time to decorate!!
Decorating The DIY Art Journal
If you want to fully cover your book in paint, you can give it a white base so the paint will be nice and vivid.
Next, paint it your way! I made a Fox and my mom cut a Dollar Tree hair roller in half and used that to make a pretty texture all over her book with Pink, Kings Gold, and White Acrylic paint. They also used Gold Glitter Glue from the Dollar Tree to make her skin and title look sparkly!
Lastly, add the Bling! We glued down our Dew Drops!
The Robins Nest recommends using clear glue for the best results. I am following that up with placing a bit of glue on a piece of paper and using something small like a toothpick to dab it onto the Dew Drop so you don’t have a mess. I used the tip of a sharpened pencil. My glue of choice was E600 glue, but there are plenty of other good glues to use out there! I added Dew Drops to my Fox’s crown and the crown on the back of my DIY Art Journal, while my mom added a little bling along the front edge of the spine. I think they look gorgeous!
And that’s pretty much it! The Dew Drops really made our books have a little bit of extra Pop! and I loved it. I hope I get to see other’s beautiful new DIY Art Journals! I hope you enjoyed this DIY Art Journal.
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