Saturday, March 29, 2014

Vintage Art Journal Cover

Hello Everyone,

Today, I've altered old notebook into Art Journal in which  I can attach new art pages.


To start with, I covered whole book with canvas, and applied gesso. When it dried completely, I added many layers with distress stains and paints and some Glimmer mists. 

 In this close up photo you can see paper layers as well. I've used text stamped tissue wrap paper in between pattern paper and map.

I stamped the image of Ship with Crafty Individuals stamp on PP with Archival ink. Bird stamp is from Hero arts. I had the gold charm in my stash which I colored more with Tarnished brass distress paint. Wooden button is also painted with same color.

Here is the old book

I am sharing this with :
Eclectic Paperie - Alter a Book
Stampotique Designers Challenge #140- France Papillion is hostess for this week's challenge, she is one of my favorite, who wants us to make any vintage project.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


  1. Wow!! Shilpa you made beautiful cover for the journal book.. :)

  2. Wow,amazing piece,wonderful bright backround,and superb compositions,love it shilpa.

  3. Love that you showed the before picture as well as your lovely new cover for the book ..... It makes such an impact!
    Thank you for joining us at stampotique

  4. You have so beautifully transformed an old book into something very useful, Shilpa! And, what a grand place to save bits of art, little sketches, and handwritten notes or ideas for yourself! Genius!

    1. Thanks so much for submitting this book to the Stampotique Designers' Challenge this week, Shipa! They will love it!

  5. This is gorgeous. Love the cover you created for your art journal!!!!!

  6. Gorgeous cover you made there, Shilpa. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique !
    Corrie x

  7. Brilliant Shilpa!
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique DC :)

    xx Arwen

  8. What a wonderful distressed look you've created on your journal cover - I love that little bird, and the spatter is so cool!
    Alison x

  9. HI Shilpa, your journal cover is very beautiful. Great artwork with the layers of paint & inks, beautiful textures as well. Have a wonderful week, Shirleyx

  10. Beautifully altered Shilpa, adore all the layers and textures!
    Thank you so much for joining us over at eclectic Paperie and good luck.
    Big hugs
    Tracy xxx

  11. Beautiful! Love all the layering and that bird keeping watch.

  12. What a stunning alteration many colours and layers that fit...great in total!

  13. wow Shilpa, thank you so much for your sweet words!
    i think the cover turned out amazing, with lots of elements all nicely working together!
    thank you for playing with us at Stampotique :)))

  14. You've definitely upgraded your journal Shilpa! Love the way you've layered and splattered on this. Jenny x

  15. Brilliant, I love this, gorgeous colours and layering and I love the black splatter effect!!

  16. Wow! What a fantastic project! Love all the layers and inky goodness!

  17. This is amazing! In addition, I love the practical idea of using an old notebook to keep my work. Blessings!

  18. This is seriously gorgeous, I especially like the ship and the bird, but the whole cover is so good.

  19. Great cover!
    It's such fun to alter books in this way ~ to nurture our creative expression. Nicely done!

  20. Fabulous color - I love the texture!
    Sandy xx


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