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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).

Here is how the back turned out - Using the dry technique with Gelatos®.



Used PITT® Artist Pen for journaling and doodles.
I hope this gives you and idea to be creative  - there are som many things that need to be altered! I'm just saying!



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Kathleen Szmolke

What a beautiful set! This would keep me busy for....forever!!!

Becky Green

WOW!!!!!!!NICE JOB!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE hearing the PROCESS!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Erika Hayes

Beautiful.. the texture is reach out and touch me! LOVE IT

Vicky Aberto

What a cool looking journal!

Jean Bullock

Very inspirational and beautiful!

Nikky Hall

This is completely stunning = LOVE LOVE LOVE!! x

Lura Brown



That is just stunning! So rich and luxurious in colour and texture!


OK - hit my forehead with my hand moment! Touching the two covers together for gesso texture?! What a fabulous tip!! LOVE it = LOVE Rita! What a wonderful project - will not see comp books the same again! LOL!!!


OMGGGG this is AMAZING!!!! <3

Gina Howe

Gorgeous! LOVE the deep color of the gelatos. I recently created a mini canvas with gelatos & the stone art with GLITTER!
Your book cover is amazing!


The book is outstanding, colors are sooooo rich, love them, the texture is the BOMB, thanks for the tutorial, you ROCK woman..

Natalie Houston

Wow, this is gorgeous! Love the wonderful rich colors and all the texture!


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Tracy Wallace

This is gorgeous and now i have to investigate what gelatos are, here on the blog! Questions: where do you get the angel wing stencils? where do i find the gelatos?

thanks so much!



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