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.

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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!!

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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!!

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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: http://craftyjenn.mybigcommerce.com/acrylic-pouring-for-beginners/

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: https://www.amazon.com/shop/craftyjenn 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!!

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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; https://lolivefe.myshopify.com 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!!!

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You can watch me create this beautiful holiday artwork on my

CraftyJenn YouTube channel!

 

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Holiday Acrylic Pour with Starry Lights!

Hello everyone! I created a super pretty Holiday Acrylic Pour with some trees and deer vinyl and starry lights! I wanted to share with you how I created this beautiful piece.

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; https://lolivefe.myshopify.com and use my code:    Jenn5    to get a 5$ discount on any Jumbo or Mega Mat!!

I started with a 12×12 inch wooden canvas from Michaels. I prepped the canvas by adding a layer of gesso. Then I mixed up my paints; FolkArt Aqua Flash, Artist’s Loft Brilliant Blue and Artist’s Loft Black. If you are interested in how I mix my paints I have an “Acrylic Pouring for Beginners” eBook that explains my formula and how to get started. After I mixed my paints I did a dirty cup pour onto the wooden canvas and let that dry over the next few days. It turned out SO pretty!! I wanted a dark night sky as a background and couldn’t be happier with the results!

Once the painting dried I cleaned it with a little Isopropyl Alcohol to get all the silicone off. Now here’s where I should have added a coat of Liquitex Gloss Varnish first but it slipped my mind. Either way I started to apply the pre-cut tree and deer vinyls which you can get on my CraftyJenn Art Store. They are super easy to peel off and then just stick them onto the painting.

Once I had the vinyls in place I proceeded to drill small holes randomly all over in the sky. I drilled right through the wooden canvas making sure that there were no wooden bits left in the holes obstructing the path for the light. I bought some fairy lights and taped those to the back of the wooden canvas making sure each individual light was blocking one of the holes. It took a bit of time but was totally worth it!

I made sure to then place some painter’s tape along the edges on the back. This way when the resin drips off the bottom and dries you can peel off the tape and the drips will pop off as well. I then leveled the painting and poured a coat of Art Resin over the whole piece. I knew I would probably need a second coat as the resin would fill the tiny holes over time and leave divots in the resin. After the first coat dried I sanded it and poured a second coat and the artwork turned out perfect! The starry twinkle lights shine through the holes and make it look like stars in the night sky behind the pretty trees and deer!!

If you need any acrylic pouring supplies please visit my CraftyJenn Amazon store. When you use my links I get a small commission at no extra expense to you the consumer. I greatly appreciate it!!

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Watch me create this pretty Holiday Artwork on my CraftyJenn YouTube Channel!

 

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