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:

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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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Rainbow Unicorn Silhouette Acrylic Pour Painting!!

So I’ve finally figured out the best way to create my signature acrylic pour paintings using the silhouettes. I have created two YouTube videos where I show step-by-step how I do this technique. I use my pre-cut vinyl stencils which you can purchase on my CraftyJenn Art Website. I also use Liquitex Gloss Varnish to adhere the vinyl to the canvas. This stuff dries fast and works great though you do need to use caution on how much you use and where.

I first start by taking my vinyl sticker off the peelable paper. You will want to use the negative side. Then I place it on the canvas and determine where I would like it to be. I prefer to have it in the first third of the canvas but you can place it wherever you feel it will work best 🙂 The nice part about the vinyl stencils is that they are sticky on one side but you can keep lifting them up and moving them until you are happy with placement. Once I have placement I get the Liquitex gloss varnish and a brush. I lift the vinyl stencil and paint the varnish just where the edge of the silhouette is making sure to go under the stencil and out from it. I don’t want a thick layer just a thin layer. Then I place the stencil down over the wet varnish and paint over the edge of the silhouette again over the vinyl pressing it into the wet varnish and off onto the canvas. This will create a nice seal once it’s dry.

You don’t want to paint a large area with the varnish as it can make peeling the vinyl off after very difficult and might pull up some of the gesso. I just go about a 1/2 inch under and out from the silhouette edge. *Tip: don’t paint any varnish under the straight edge opposite from the silhouette shaped edge as this will result in a line on your painting.*

After the varnish is dry you can proceed with the acrylic pour painting/swipe 🙂 I created this super cute and vibrant Rainbow Unicorn and I LOVE how it turned out!!! It’s super vibrant and colorful and I LOVE how the unicorn dissipates into the rainbow 🙂

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Use Acrylic Pour Paint Skins to make Jewelry!

Hello 🙂 So here’s another use for your paint skins, I use them to make small art pieces for jewelry and purse hangers. I love the paint skins and they turn out with lots of cells and beautiful colors so there’s no reason to waist paint when you can create these skins. I pool all the paint that pours off my paintings and bring it together to create a pretty paint skin. Then I use a 1 inch hole punch to creatively pick a small piece of the paint skin for a beautiful art piece for a jewelry pendant.

Once I cut or punch the circle out of the paint skin I use some modge podge to glue it into a blank pendant or purse hanger. This just helps to keep it in place and flat for pouring resin over it. Once the resin is poured over it I let it cure and voila!

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Here are some quick links;

Here’s my video where I show how I use the hole punch and paint skins to create jewelry: