Altered Notebook 1 by Nikki Acton


Hi everyone. I recently found a couple of cheap notebooks I had bought and left lying around my craft room! I decided I should alter them. Today’s project is the first of these and tomorrow for the new challenge I will share the second one.

I started by placing a piece of copy paper between the cover and the inside pages to avoid getting paint on the inside lined paper and giving the covers a coat of black gesso. I took the large That’s Crafty! Fossil stencil and sponged PaperArtsy Chalk coloured Fresco paint over the front and back cover. Once this was dry I repeated with DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Dioxazine Purple. 

I added black gesso to piece of white card and embossed with a folder from my stash. I lightly sanded the surface to reveal some of the white underneath and then added a Quinacridone Magenta wash. I stamped one of the quotes from Tim Holtz Motivation stamp set in Black Archival and added a wash of the pink/purple paints.

Finally I took some of the That’s Crafty! greyboard butterflies and stippled a little gesso for texture before painting the same colours.

I adhered my layers to the surface of the book and once dry coated in matt varnish.
Version 2 is a little more grungy so do stop by Addicted to Art tomorrow for all the details!

See you next week!


DecoArt Fluid Acrylics - Dioxazine Purple and Quinacridone Magenta

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  1. Wow Nikki, it is gorgeous, the fossil stencil is fantastic on the black gesso, and the front so beautiful , love the colors you chose ,too.
    Dorthe xx

  2. Gorgeous altering Nikki. Love all the detail and the colour purple is a favourite of mine too.
    Fliss xx

  3. Great way to alter your note book by using the stencil. Books are much more appealing and interesting to use when given a make over. Can't wait to see tomorrows.
    Tracey xx

  4. Oh I love that fossil stencilling Nikki, love the gorgeous colours too! Anne xx

  5. Great transformation
    Amanda x

  6. Love Love Love this. Fabulous cover. In love with the colour.
    Bev. xxx

  7. Absolutely gorgeous, really dramatic and eye catching transformation
    Donna xx

  8. Hello sweet Nikki!! I always watch your posts and today I wanted to stop by with a note. Your sentiment seems to match the fossil pattern so well. The fossil of good intentions or the procrastination fossil is how my thoughts swirled. The big end of the fossil is the DO IT NOW... and we spiral down - like your sentiment - to never... the tiny end of the fossil - oblivion. Thank you for such a great example of how art can touch the heart or the head with inspiration!! XXj.


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