It was probably at least a couple of years ago that I first saw this tutorial for making an art journal out of a composition book. I loved how it looked and wanted to do it, but I held off because I knew I wasn’t likely to actually stick with an art journal.

However. Given my recent activity, the hoarding and collecting of sketchbooks—and actually using them, thus far!—I decided to give it a go.

Composition Book Journal

I covered the book with a variety of papers. After I’d finished the front I felt like it wasn’t simple enough, so I partially covered it with a white hinged flap. You can still see the original design inside, but it’s not the first thing you see.

Composition Book Journal (2)

And I added a little creative inspiration inside the flap as well. (The lace bit is loose so it can slide to reveal the writing as needed.)

Composition Book Journal (3)

I left a hint of the original composition book on the back cover, for fun. There are also fabric scraps on there.

Composition Book Journal (4)

Composition Book Journal (5)

All the glueing and gesso-ing to prepare the pages took a long time, but already those crinkly pages are calling to me. This is good.

2 Responses to “Composition”
  1. linda says:


    written on March 5th, 2012, at 10:23 am
  2. lamina @ do a bit says:

    Looks really great! I’m sure it will get a lot of creative use :)

    written on March 5th, 2012, at 2:34 pm
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