Tuesday, 30 January 2018


Hello friends 
I am sure that with that with the start of the new year, you would have bought new diaries and planners ....they come across as gifts as well. Sharing today a picture tutorial to add a handmade touch to the plain diary cover and making it interesting to use....
I have used mix media technique for this alteration.

Step- 1 Start working on the front cover of the diary 

Step-2  Here you can add any die cuts, handmade paper, laces, trims available with you. 

Step -3  Add textures with modelling paste. I have used Mont Marte modelling paste. This is to create effects in the background.

Step -4 Now its time to glue variety of embellishments. Use up things from your stash rather than purchasing stuff from the market. At this stage, composition is very important. Arrange the embellishments to create a good form and define a focal point.

Step -5 Next is to cover everything with black gesso using brush or sponge. I have used black gesso from Mont Marte. Once the black gesso dries completely, do a  dry brushing with white gesso.

Step -6 Its time to add colours. I have used water based  sprays. You can used acrylics also. If using acrylics with brush, use feather light storkes, do not over brush. 

Step -7 Colour to get the desired effect, give depth to the focal point and highlight with metallic paints 

Few more pictures of the final diary cover 
Isn't it  fun to play with colours and textures and give a wonderful look to the otherwise boring plain diary covers ??? And the great part is you can use materials that you already have at home.....

Sharing pics of one more such alteration 

Do give mix media a try and give objects around you a handmade touch. Its  a very forgiving art form and makes you feel like an artist.
Happy Crafting 
Create, Express, Enjoy !!!!


  1. Can v use any other black paint than black gesso?

  2. Wow,awesome creation. Love the tutorial.

    1. Since I planned to play with colours over the surface, a coat of geeso acts as primer and enhances the colour. A black paint does not do that. Hence gesso is required