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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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:


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Fire Goddess Acrylic Pour/Swipe

Hello 🙂 I created another female silhouette called the “Fire Goddess”. I LOVE how she turned out! I tried a different way of creating this one as I’ve had many beautiful followers on CraftyJenn YouTube Channel ask what if the negative space was painted first then the vinyl or contact paper applied and the acrylic pour/swipe created and if that would work. Well I decided to try it out and it worked out 🙂 I normally don’t paint the negative space first because I usually don’t know what color I want to paint it but I decided for this Fire Goddess to do a gold color.

So I used the other side of the vinyl, I first painted some Liquitex Gloss Varnish over the area where the vinyl will go and then placed the vinyl over the wet gloss varnish and also painted the varnish over the edge once the vinyl was placed and let all that dry. This created a great seal! I painted the gold over the negative space – it needed two coats. Then I removed the vinyl which left a really good silhouette edge with no paint bleeding under the vinyl. Then I applied the other side of the vinyl over the gold negative space area and again painted the Liquitex Gloss Varnish under and over the edge of the vinyl and let it dry. Then I did my fire colored acrylic pour and swipe using the damp paper towel technique. I LOVE how the cells grew and turned out!!

Once the paint dried I removed the vinyl which again created a great sharp edge to the silhouette. I just had to touch up the gold a little bit but not much. *One good tip to mention is to always set your paintings on a level surface to dry * I had not done this and although I do love how the paint ended up shifting this does not always work in my favor. So the paint moved on me because the surface was not level but here it totally worked and created a fluid fire looking motion in the paint.

I had lots of fun creating this Fire Goddess 🙂 Here’s a photograph of her and the video of me creating her 🙂 I hope you all enjoy!!

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Here is the free female face silhouette;