Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
Playing with paint and color is so much fun that it's hard to stop experimenting. With all the papers we've created so far looking so beautiful, I wanted to make a functional piece. The sketchbook or journal cover is a great way to make something unique and to continue the inspiration toward more creativity. Click here for the wet-on-wet-technique used below.
This sketchbook cover was made with watercolor paper and a blend of wet-on-wet technique and some sponge-on and sponge-off (using a wet sponge to dab off some color-sponge off/using a sponge with color on it to dab onto the painting -sponge on).
Whatever size of book you want to make, be sure the cover is slightly larger than the actual paper.
What I love about making a cover for an art book, is that many creative variations are possible. Making mistakes and reworking the measurements are part of the creative process. Begin with a simple fold and then later add flaps, buttons, fun closures.
I usually first make a mock-up with regular paper before using the beautifully decorated watercolor paper.
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.