Hey bloggers Rita Barakat here! I love altering book - especially compostion books, they really come in handy for notes and such. And if I am going to carry a note book it needs to look cool so
I must alter it, I'm just saying.
Here is the front cover. First I covered the entire surface(front and back) with gesso. The books have a glossy finish, gesso changes that and covers some of the black. Once it was dry I used a thick layer of modeling paste, I then closed the book backwards (the two covers touching each other) and that's how I got the back ground texture.
While it was wet I added the wings stencil and more paste, some buttons, metal charms and tissue on the bottom and set aside to dry completely.
DRY TECHNIQUE: After it was dry I drew on the journal with Red Cherry and Lemon Gelatos®. (Lemon in the middle) I spread the color around with an art sponge, blending and adding color if needed until I liked the look.
(An art sponge is like a make up sponge that is more dense and lasts longer than a regular sponge.)
Then I went back added the doodling and journal. The last part was adding the sand. (Viva stone art).