Turn a Boring Note Book Cover into Art

An easy method for upcycling a boring notebook cover into a colorful work of art with acrylics

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I go through note books like underwear. I just CANNOT get enough of them. I love writing notes or adding a quick doodle into my notebooks, and I just adore the way they feel in my hand.

Recently, I finished filling out yet another notebook and was in need of another. So I hopped over to my local Dollar Tree and found a notebook that was….well….boring as hell.

DIY note book cover painting upcycle original
boring as hell notebook

It was a hardcover with black “faux” leather (sexy), with the personality of a sock.

And I knew this needed to be changed ASAP! The easiest way to do this? Modifying the cover itself! 🙂

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So, I decided to turn this boring notebook cover into a stunning work of art using acrylic paints! It’s upcycle makeover time, and I am ready for it! Here are the steps I took to give my bland notebook a glam makeover (or watch my entire painting process in the video below!)

Step 1: Ensure cover is well protected and can withstand brush friction and water exposure.

DIY note book cover painting upcycle before
hardcover faux leather -- yummy 😛

Step 2: Place a protective piece of paper under cover to prevent paint spillage as well as painter’s tape on any area you don’t want to get painted.

DIY note book cover painting upcycle protective measures

Step 3: Begin by priming your cover using a large flat brush and gesso. I would recommend adding 2-3 layers for optimal coverage.

DIY note book cover painting upcycle gesso or primer

Once your primer has dried, sketch your design onto your canvas.

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DIY note book cover painting upcycle drawing on the book cover

Grab your acrylics and brushes and begin painting your design! You can also choose to mix other types of mediums like inks, watercolors, mixed media, or whatever best suits your fancy.

DIY note book cover painting upcycle
applying paint with acrylics (I’m using arteza acrylic paints here)
DIY note book cover painting upcycle mixed media lines
switching over to my everblend marker for some line work

Once your painting is finished and dry, apply a thin coat of varnish to seal in the paint.

DIY note book cover painting upcycle final result
Voila! A sexy looking notebook!

And just like that, you got yourself a brand-spanking new notebook that you’ll want to crack open and pour hours of creative energy and ideas into…or stare lovingly at while it’s displayed on your bookshelf. Either way, you got yourself a fabulous makeover.

What did you think of this DIY? Would you try it? Comment below and let me know!

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