Acrylic Pour

Cover a Journal or Book with a Paint Skin

Hello beautiful people!

Here’s a creative way to use up your leftover paint skins. Firstly, what’s a paint skin? Well if you do Acrylic Pour Painting you know it uses a lot of paint and most of that paint drips or falls over the sides of the canvas pooling on the protected surface.


I like to make sure I use up all my paint so I don’t waist any so all the paint the falls off the edge I keep and pool it all together to create a paint skin. I drag all the paint into one large pool and let it dry completely. The cells will form and grow as it spreads out a bit and then when it dries you have a beautiful manipulable paint skin! Here’s a few examples;

*Pro Tip* ~ To keep your paint skins from drying out and usable in the future layer them between sheets of parchment paper. I do this with mine and they never dry out nor do they become brittle. They keep their elasticity and even after years they are still usable and workable.*

Once you have a few paint skins or several you’ll want to find ways to use them up. There are lots of different options like creating jewelry, art cards, covering ornaments, etc… but one of my favorite things to do is to cover a sketch book or journal with the paint skin.

Paint skins can stretch slightly so they are great to use to cover a journal. I use Mod Podge to glue the paint skin to the book starting in the middle with the spine of the book and then working it over the front and back. Even if your paint skin does not cover the entire cover think about maybe leaving the raw edge of the paint skin showing on the front and back as I did in this cover where I left the four corners of the black sketch book showing. I LOVE how this one turned out!!


Of course if you have a large paint skin you can cover the whole book like in this one I created a few year ago. I just LOVE how all the cells and colors of the paint skin shine on the cover!!


After I cover the outside cover I cut the excess paint skin along the edges so there is enough left to fold over the edge and glue to the inside of the cover. I use a piece of card stock cut to fit on the inside cover and inside back to hide the edges of the folded over paint skins. You could also use the first and last page to hide the cut edges by gluing it to the inside over the cover.

If you would like to watch a detailed video of how I cover the journal with a paint skin you can watch my videos on my CraftyJenn YouTube channel! Here are two videos where I show you how to cover a journal, one has an elastic band to hold the journal closed and the other is a sketch book.


If you are interested in how to create an Acrylic Pour Painting so you can start creating paint skins as well I have an eBook for beginners that explains my mixing formula to get these great cells. Here’s the link:

If you need any supplies for Acrylic Pour Painting or other Art mediums like watercolors and resin here’s a link to my CraftyJenn Amazon Store: I make a small commission at no extra cost to you and it helps me out so I greatly appreciate you using my links!!

I hope you have a blast using your paint skins to cover you unique books, journals and sketch books! Create beautiful covers and have fun!!


Acrylic Pour

Add Embroidery to your Paintings | CraftyJenn Tutorial

Hello 🙂 I had another idea to create a mixed media piece of artwork using my silhouette technique. So I started by using my Pre-Cut Vinyl of a Female Face and created a pretty pink and purple painting using the Dutch Pour Technique to make her hair flowing behind her.

Here is a list of supplies I used to create my Female Silhouette Painting;

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You can watch me create this pretty Silhouette painting here;

After I created this pretty painting I had this crazy idea to add some mixed media to her! I wanted to embellish her hair even more and add a pop of color like yellow so I decided to create some flowers in her hair and I’ve always loved the look of embroidery.


I combined the two to create a beautiful finished piece. Since this was painted on a canvas which is essentially fabric coated with paint I knew that I could get the needle to pierce through. So I started with a small flower to see how the paint would react to this technique. It worked better than I had thought!

All you need is some Embroidery Floss/Thread: and a Threading Needle: and a little imagination 🙂

Think about where you would like your embroidered flowers to go, what colors, how big you want them which might determine the technique you use to create them. There are several different flower techniques on YouTube for embroidery. You might also want to add some leaves. I added some white leaves among my pink and yellow flowers. You can see them in detail in the photo below.


I wanted the flowers to flow along with her hair so I placed them in a swirl manner that went from her forehead to the lower corner of the painting. I love this embellishment and I think it totally adds to the whole piece!


You can watch me add the embroidery on this pretty painting in my CraftyJenn YouTube video as towards the end I show you how I added it to the final painting. Here’s a link to the point in the video where I add the embroidery:

I hope you all have fun creating your own Silhouette Paintings and adding some embellished Embroidery to them!!

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Holiday Acrylic Pour Artwork!

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and in the festive holiday mood 🙂 I had so much fun creating this Holiday Acrylic Pour piece and wanted to share with all of you how I created it. It’s a great Christmas or holiday project to do yourself or with your family.

Also, I now use the LoliVefe Jumbo Silicone mat to work on as it’s super easy for clean up, great for acrylic pouring on, perfect for crafts with kids and will protect your table top surface. If you’re interested in one please visit; and use my code:    Jenn5    to get a 5$ discount on any Jumbo or Mega Mat!!

So for my holiday pour I used these paint colors; FolkArt Aqua Flash, Artist’s Loft Brilliant Blue, and Artist’s Loft Black.

I did a dirty cup pour on a 10×20 inch canvas I bought at Michaels. I LOVE the way these colors worked together!! I think it looks like a blue Northern Lights! I wanted the background to be dark like the night sky but with acrylic pouring it adds depth and character than just painting a dark blue sky. If you are interested in acrylic pour painting and how I mix my paint check out my “Acrylic Pouring for Beginners” eBook which details everything you need to get started including links to supplies. You can also visit my CraftyJenn Amazon Store for all your supply need too 🙂

Once the Acrylic Pour Painting dried I cleaned it with a little Isopropyl Alcohol to get all the silicone off, then added a coat of Liquitex Gloss Varnish and let that dry. I used my pre-cut vinyl of the trees and deer for the 10×20 canvas that you can get on my CraftyJenn Art Store. I applied some more Liquitex Gloss Varnish and then peeled the vinyl off the paperback and applied it to my painting in the wet varnish. You can move your vinyls around until you get them in the place you want. Once I finished applying all my vinyls I let it dry and painted a few tiny white dots everywhere to make it look like stars though it looked more like falling snow which I was totally happy with! I made the dots small and some larger to add some variety to the stars/snow. Let that dry and added a few coats of Liquitex Gloss Varnish over the whole painting including the vinyl. And Voila! It’s my favorite Holiday Painting yet!!!


You can watch me create this beautiful holiday artwork on my

CraftyJenn YouTube channel!