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Create a Traveler's Notebook Cover with Mixed Media

teacher avatar Marielle Novak, Mixed Media Artist

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (1h 14m)
    • 1. Intro Class

    • 2. Needed Supplies

    • 3. Cutting the Canvas

    • 4. Designing The Cover

    • 5. Transferring the drawing

    • 6. Painting the Background

    • 7. Painting the Face

    • 8. Painting Elements

    • 9. Hair&Details

    • 10. Spraying Fixative

    • 11. Adding the Felt

    • 12. Placing the Eyelets

    • 13. Adding the Elastic Cord

    • 14. Placing the Inserts

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About This Class


A great way to showcase your art is by adding functionality; in this class you will create a Traveler’s Notebook cover with mixed media, giving you the chance to add any spin you may want to have and make it your own.

 You will learn how to: 

  • Trace an image onto watercolor canvas
  • Mix liquid acrylics and create gradients
  • Add colored pencils on top of acrylic paint
  • Create a backing support for your cover
  • Add elastic cords to attach the inserts


  • Watercolor Canvas Sheet (9x12 min. size)
  • Scissors and Cutting Knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Metallic Pen and gel pens (optional)
  • Flat and Round Brushes
  • Black Indian Ink
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Colored Pencils
  • 4 Eyelets
  • Eyelet setter
  • Awl (optional)
  • Craft Adhesive Felt
  • Elastic Cord
  • Spray Fixative

By the end of this class, you will have a unique notebook cover.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Marielle Novak

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1. Intro Class : Hi. Um, aerial. No back mixed media illustrator and graphic designer. In this class, we will have fun creating a $3 using mixed media on a watercolor campus. Follow along as I showed you her to sign trains and paint on the parts and pieces of this our cover in this class you will have the chance to use watercolors, acrylics, color Brian and metallic. Feel free to on more mediums. There is no limit. You will have the opportunity to have your own twist in order to make your cover reflects your personality. Choose the colors that you will like the boat and text if you wish, Or simply follow along the videos and half bon experimenting with pink on a watercolor. 2. Needed Supplies: The first material will be the campus. You need to use watercolor campus pieces and 12 by 16 inches by master Touch. Choose any bran as long as the surface is smooth. Not like regular campus. Watercolor campus has an almost flood texture. Be sure to choose that. Next. We have the hits it felt. They usually sell those in individual sheets. This said, nine by 12 inches. Choose any color you like. It's as easy as peeling the back on, placing it against whatever you want to stick it to. This one is made by Tree House. This is a reference PdF that I provided in the class resources it will help with measuring on the placement of the islands with a bunch of eyelet setter, the one I'm using. Its the crocodile they all usually used for bookbinding. Eighth of an inch islands on small rings to a Dutch charms. Burnt sienna liquid watercolor by echo line metallic markers. These are optional. They're pretty useful for adding details that bop I'm using silver and gold. Next, we have a free lick markers by Polska. These are life savers. They can be used for adding strokes, feeling small areas or even writing a message. The colors are vibrant and opaque. If w look really thinks but daily round, you can pick any brand. This ink is perfect when coloring intricate areas well. Creating flat, opaque color feels. You can also use craft paint. These are an affordable option. You can find them in every color. These are fluid acrylics by Goldman. The beauty of this product is that it allows you to create beautiful radiance between colors. Black Indian ink. This one is by Higgins. You could also use acrylic bang for these if you wish. Assorted brushes. I have flat angle on round a ceramic pellet for color mixing. You can also use plastic matt varnish. This one is by Winsor and Newton. It will seal your pain. You could also use much bunch. I prefer using sprays, but he's also works elastic cord. Choose your favorite color caller pencils, gwahd, big pills and shadows. Did a container to hold your water, a ruler and a knife. You could also use Caesar's, a heat gun or hair dryer to accelerate the process. 3. Cutting the Canvas: caught in the campus. In this part of the class, we will need the pdf that I have included in the resource files. It's best if you print out. These are nine by 12 page or 11 by 17. Like I did the reason we're printing at that size. It's because we mean the limes to be at 100% scale we don't have. We don't want the printer to have a shrunk the lines. Now, if you don't have a printer that can print at that size or you just don't want to have it printed, I have included the size and location off the holes you need to make so you can just have a piece of cardboard and build it from scratch. I'm using a knife on a ruler toe. Make my cuts to make sure they're perfectly straight. But you can always use a pair of scissors and just be careful. Toe got exactly along the line. I have included some lines that are for cutting in one day. It's for on folding. Once you finish creating your stencil, you can always re use it every time you need to make a notebook. It will save you time when measuring and marking where the holds me to be for this step, I do. We commend using a ruler. We will be using that all to create a crease in the middle off the noble that will help us to create a straight crease. And folding will be much easier if we do it this way. I'm using the all several times just to make sure my marks are strong enough that when I fold the actual line, it's perfectly straight when folding its vester fold on both ways, just to make sure you're breaking the paper enough so that the grease is well, for now, we're gonna go and start punching the little holds that will serve as marks for where we need to threaten our cord. Now you can use your all to do these. Just make sure you are not fooling your fingers behind. So I'm using a cutting mat that it's helping me to protect my surface, and we are punching a total off five drill holes. Now, some other trouble or notebooks have a different way off having the threaded elastic cord. I just chose to have two elastic cords that will hold your inserts when you use your notebook, make sure to make your holes. Not that you know hard so you don't read the paper. I'm using a paper that it's, um ah, £100. That is that It's not a nice thing. So if you use cardboard, that will also work. Now that we have our holes marked and we have the exact size of the notebook, we can go ahead and start cutting our campus. Make sure you save thes pdf Stansell. So later on, you can save time measuring and just marking exactly where you need to cut and punch those holes. Okay, Now for the Cam best back, we're gonna use Onley one sheet off the path, so make sure to tear that up. And when placing your stencil, it's best to use the campus path in a portrait mode. Because if you see here when I use a horizontal, I'm just gonna waste too much paper in each side. So if I take a bandage off the edges and just place it in a corner, I can still have a piece big enough on top that will allow me toe have a painting or a different little no book, and you can just, you know, save that for later Now when marking your stencil. I'm also using that coal erase pencil that I mentioned before just because the lighter lines will help me keep my campus clean. And, boy, you know, having graphite on it, as you can see. Not not only that I marked the lines, but I also marked the holes so I can know once it's caught. Where do I need to punch with my all a key? It's also to have my straight gods. So if you're not using a knife, make sure those sisters are cutting straight lines. 4. Designing The Cover: in this video, I'll show you how to build your design. Based on the clip parts that we're providing here. I have downloaded all those clips parts that you will have available in the resource tap. And you can choose whether to use all of them or just some of them. OK, so, Toby showing this process, I'm gonna be using power point. But if you're familiar with four shop, you can use that as well for any other graphic software. In this case, I'll just, you know, thought that power point might be the most popular one. So in order to get started, you're gonna be opening power point and choose a blank presentation like create. And here we will have by default. You know, the slide that opens and we need to change some of the sittings in orderto match the size of this life. So the notebook. Okay, so the first thing I'm gonna be doing is just removing all these decks boxes, and then you will go to the sign and look for the slight size I can. Now, some of you might have a different version of power point, so just look for the slight size icon and just click page set up in here way need toe create. I would design on a letter size page. Now, if you seem the template that I provided on pdf, you'll see that are no book is actually a little bit bigger. But I thought that nor everybody has a printer that can print bigger than a legal or litter size. So I just thought it will be useful for everybody to see how to do it on a letter size page . Now, when choosing letter size here, make sure there with here it's not actually 10 but it has to be 11 but 8.5. Okay, so it obviously will read us custom, but this is the actual sites off a letter sized page. Okay, After that, you will click, OK, and if you know it's just gonna ask you is going to scale down or scale up so you can just say skill ups, you know, things. We don't have anything on the page. It doesn't really matter now. The reason I have these lines that maybe you don't, it's because I went to view and click here with this guides. I actually click. And that's why I have a check Mark. If I click again, you see how they disappear. But we actually need them. So please go ahead and click it. Okay. Now, useful things here are actually the guides and the ruler. Okay, Those are things that might actually help you while creating your decide. Okay. Okay. Now let's start by pulling in the clip work that we're gonna be using. And again, I'm doing these designed, you know, But you can actually change it or use different drawings. It's up to you. How do you want your notebook? So go ahead and go to insert picture from file, and I'll go look for those clips that I just don't. OK, so my first sleep is gonna be actually the Freedom one. And there's two of them. One month them provides you with a little bit of farm guides off where the shadows needs to be in her face. But I'm gonna choose the one that has no shadow click insert, and I can just start blazing hair. Right Wonder. Ok, now, this is where we need to actually, um, calculate the size as I told you the size off the no book is actually a little bit bigger. I'm just gonna do this rectangle shape to show you the actual size that your noble will be . I'm gonna write down here on the top. It's gonna be 11 body nine. Okay? Actually, it's the height. Should be nine under with it. Okay, Now I'm going to remove the shape feel just call or this trope orange in the way. You can actually see that, Indeed, The notebook. It's bigger than the page. But the solution I want to go through that is that wherever I've place here, outside page are really basic lines that I can just redraw on my campus when you know I need to transfer the drawing into the campus, OK? And you will understand better as I keep going. Okay, Now, I feel that she's a little bit bigger too big, so just make her smaller. Okay? Now, an important thing that when Rhys icing your drawings is that if you make them too big or too small, uh, you would actually have to redo the whole be signed, so make sure the size actually matches exactly the size that you want. The drawing to be on the campus. Okay, Now I have her there. And let's keep pulling some off other of the other clay parts, and they're thes air little Milagros than is actually a tradition from Mexico. So I thought I'll use this one like that one and the throwing star, you know, big enough that you will have sharp line toe imprinting. So don't be afraid to use them either to being okay. Let's Okay. Now, you see how the guidelines are actually helping me to know where the fold is gonna be? No gang. So the growing either. You know, if if you wanted to, it could go over the fold or just keep it young backside. No, I'll keep any more and add as many as you want. I just find these flowers really useful one I'll show you. Why. I guess if I plays them here outside the page, it's gonna be really easy for me when printing just recreating these two lines. You know, you don't actually really have to know how to draw. Just gonna pull a line there, and I have the other flower one, you know, change the size. And so not all the flowers are the same size. Okay, Now, if the drawings overlap like this, it's OK. Because the moment you transfer the lines through the actual watercolor campus, you can just skip the lines that you don't like. Okay, so in this case, I'm gonna keep like that, and I'm gonna do a copy based off these flower. I'll go ahead and copy and paste just because I want to have several flowers By changing the height, you know, you are actually creating more, more natural seem. And as you can see, I'm not. I don't mind the flower, you know, going over the fold here. Chili, I think, Dan, I'll do another one like that. Copy. Pais him. No. Place it here and again. Remember, you are free to place the flowers that clip art wherever you want. This is just okay. In my last please part is gonna be the heart, which I think it's pretty cool. Frida Kahlo used to draw a lot of hearts in your art, so I think it's really meaningful to include it. Thing is, you know, drawing could look way different than the actually signed that we're doing together here on the class but you get the idea where you know you could just please drawings wherever you want. Now, I suggest that I think in another video that you may want to add a name or some text and, you know, knowing how or where to place text can be tricky. So in this step is where I would suggest for you toe ad at the text, the recent why it's because gonna help you, you know, measure the space that you need to leave and then write your own text. Okay, so let's say I would just, you know, adding her name or just a little Won't you know you can actually beak a fund and then read for that shape off. You know the fun. It will make your make it way easier. So I'm just gonna choose this fund and maybe place it here. Now, you know, sometimes speaking a fund that it's more off hand written fund. It looks a, in my opinion, a little bit more artistic. So I was gonna go with this one, which is gonna actually be really helpful if then I just redraw and trays those letters like that I fear to make more space. Okay, Now, I'm really pleased with what I have. And when saving my file, the actual beauty, if that I might save will on Levy here cutting through the white area because that's were actually my page ends. OK, so whatever it's outside, that is not gonna be saved. Or like this pedal that went out. They're not going to be included. And that's okay. Now, you see, I have these Orange Square where I show you the actual size of them. No book. I'm just gonna get rid off that. So it does not get saved on my pdf it. Now that I'm satisfied with it, I will go and go to file export in. I'll choose a name for it. I'll choose a pdf, uh, four month file, click export. And now, if I go to where I saved it and I open it, you can see how everything that was outside the page is not safe, which is fine. Okay, so now go ahead and point this page on a litter size piece of paper, and then we'll go ahead and move on to the tracing video 5. Transferring the drawing: transferring the composition. Once you printed out your options for the layout, you can decide which one do you like the best in this case? I printed out two options, one that includes a quote that will help me out on how to distribute the text in either part the front or the back of the notebook. In this case, I will go ahead and choose my layout. That does not include the quote I'm using the campus that I previously caught, and I'm gonna place that on top. I left the right edge on cot, just in case. I want to try out some callers there, but that age I will shape up later on. Now I'm using a light box to transfer the image. If you don't have one, you can use a glass door or a window. I make sure to place your campus on top and you can tape it and just start drawing from there. You don't need a light box now. Once you place your drawing underneath, make sure you aligning where you want it. As you can see the letter size print out, it's smaller than the campus. We will play around a little bit drugging the drawing beneath that would just help us out to have all the drawings drawn to the edge off the campus. Now I'm growing with a Prisma color called erase pencil, the color amusing. It's rose. Drawing with a color line works best. Sometimes when using graphite, it tends to smudge, and it can stain any translucent areas off your drawing. Some people draw you seen blue, red or purple lines when transferring. It's always useful to start redrawing from the left toe, the right off your element. That way, you know as much with your head as you can see. I decided to start drawing the braid from the top left, and I'm gonna move slowly to the right. Now I'm gonna speed up my drawing just so you can have a quick overview on how I redraw all the details. Remember that at this state you can always add elements. There's freedom to change drag, you know, skip any type off line that you don't want to include at this stage. If you make any mistakes, don't try to erase it. Now when using an eraser that can create a spot off Greece and if we have, you know, any kind of spots like that. Probably the pain will not a deer toe that spot in the same way as the other parts. So it's best to avoid using an eraser. Just re draw your line wherever you thought. You know he needed to go. Now, as you can see, I'm drying a little bid the drawing underneath. That's because I decided to play the heart a little. Be closer to the top. If you compare the throwing that I have off the hard off, where the head off free days, there's a slight difference. And that's why I was saying that you can drunk the drawing and just replaced it any element that you may wish to move. Now I'm drawing again from left to right, and if I'm missing our little details, those will finish at at the end. I'm trying to have the big shapes first, and then I can go ahead again on work on the details. When growing flowers, there's a lot of freedom. You can change slightly, change shapes of flowers, and there's not gonna be any difference. And as you can see here, I'm making the stems off the flower a little bit longer. The recent wise because I wonder, stand to go toe the very edge off my campus now here. I could also have added some leaves toe those times. So if you wish you know to make that area full off leaves, you can also just keep adding them and feel outs those areas. Now again, I reposition my drawing just so the head fits exactly where he needs to go, and I can go ahead and tackle the ice on the nose and the mouth. Now that's an area that I'd rather do at the very end. Just because if I mess anything up, you know I don't want tohave the face already done, it's there for me. It's just I'd rather do it at the end and again I'm moving again. My drawing underneath just on my flowers are exactly at the edge. If you concede e ice, keep drawing a lot of details on the horror on the texture of the pedals. And that's why. And that's because those textures I'm gonna be adding at the very end on top of my acrylic paint, probably with a color crying so there's no need to actually drove those. Okay, so we're done with the spark, and we're gonna kept moving in tackle the next step. See you in the next video. 6. Painting the Background: in this video, we will paint are back. Once you have drawn your design on the watercolor campus, you can go ahead and start covering full of the background with the color of Yura liking. In my case, I chose purple. I chose a acrylic paint because I feel it some PC to cover large portions, and I can only have I only have to do one or two coats in order to actually cover everything completely. Now, as you can see on the video, I'm doing that with a flat brush. I tend to turn the brush if I need to create, like a sharp edge that will help me out, not to go over the elements, you know, like the heart or the flowers. Um, one of the things I'm showing you on the video eyes I'm painting with acrylic, and it's just water down just by the water that it's in the brush. I'm not actually mixing a lot of water on the pain, because otherwise it would not be a speak assigned needed to be, and that will make me have to do more coats of paint in order to cover the background completely. Remember to play something beneath the campus while you paint. That way, you can push the paint all the way to the edges of the campus, and you will not have any empty spot avoiding, you know, going to the edge I have placed on 11 by 17 cardboard. Now, if for some reason you need to go into some details around you know the heart, I would recommend changing the size of your brush. That will help you to actually cover precisely all of the edges off the drawings. One cool trick that you can also do here is that you will use a certain color for the first coat and then the second code. You can use a different color that will create some off like a painterly feel life where some of the underlying color will pop in some areas over the second coat so you can always play and try mixing different colors. In these days, I'm just using a purple alone and then worry about, you know, the strokes being visible. That's kind off the fielder we like. Since it's a campus, it's more of an artsy look, so don't try and just want to cover exactly a flat. The back from its OK, if we show some of the strokes. Yes, you can see I have left a dream on the right side that will help me when having to move the compass, either to grab it or just rotated. I find that I have for helpful. If you don't have it, that's OK. You can move the painting using the paper underneath, rotating the campus while painting can also be helpful for your hand. That way you can get into those intricate spaces. And lastly, don't forget that you can celebrate the process by using a heat gun. Once I finished the first coating, I will just play some hot air on the pain. That way it will drive faster and I can keep going with my second and third goat. Once you finish adding the three or two coats of paint on the background, we move. We will move along our painting elements on the following video 7. Painting the Face: We're gonna be painting the face right now. This is the only part where I'll be. You seem a liquid watercolor. Three. So for that is that I feel the water call or blends better with a color cryin that I'm gonna be using at the end instead of me. You seem acrylic in these parts. You can do that with a soft brush is gonna be way better than you know, hard brush. And you can feel out the complete area, including eyebrows and mouth. Just try to avoid the eyes. That way we keep the white off the campus to have that. What area? For the eyes. Now, I'm trying to work a little fast here. Just so I'm trying. Tow. Avoid the quarter watercolor to dry. Okay, so just start pushing or pulling that paint. As long as the paint is wet, you're gonna be able to just manage and cover the whole a area evenly. Once you're done, you are welcome to use a heat gun to accelerate the process. I only did one a coat of paint in this brush 8. Painting Elements: painting the foreground. In this lesson, we will start blocking collars on some of the elements in our layout. I'm using an angle flat brush. This helps me to create white strokes but also saying sharp lines that I can use to paint the edges. I'm gonna speak up the video just so you can see the whole process in a faster way. As you can see while I'm painting, I'm also moving my brushed in different directions. This allows me to create different edges that will help me to fill up colors around the edge of the part. And also it's helping me to distribute the pain more evenly. I'm trying to use all the pain that aids on my brush. I like using acrylic or graft pained to fill up large areas. I feel that in type of pain will help you toe block colors faster, and you can get away just by doing two or three coats. Rotating the compass can be helpful when painting intricate areas. You're helping your wrist toe move in an easier direction. If you want to do a second coat, you can always use a hair dryer or a hiccup. Now that we have the clothing dawn, I will tackle the roses I'm using the Dale Roundy acrylic thinks they worked wonders to create radiance. That's exactly what I'm doing with the flowers. Each petal has its own radiant use caller that makes is well, for example, I'm using red and yellow. I note that while mixing those, I'll get orange so it will root rich in color, a trick I do. It's a boy having the exact tone into pedals that are close by. If two pedals are touching, I will try to make one darker or more yellow, or maybe just less saturated that away. Each petal has its own tone, and the roses start having the red shape and four while applying the pain. I'm actually not using any water. I'm just mixing the colors red and yellow, just to make sure the colors are aspirant as possible. Once I have a mixture off yellow and red, I'll try to use that everywhere on the layout, just to take advantage to the fact that I already have that paint outside so that will reduce the amount of waste. If you see that you know some spots appear, will you do your radiant Don't be afraid. That's what will make the flower more riel. Probably in certain areas, you will see spots off paint or just, you know, let's less color. And that's OK. Don't try to make the Grady int a space perfect as possible. The more, um, differences in texture and color are saturation, the better for the flower. Remember that nature has also those kind off spots and different areas or textures, so the flowers will be even more really. As you can see, I'm just thing to do a second flower with that red and yellow and something that I planned out. What's not toe have the same color of flower right next to my 1st 1 You know that is just to avoid officially creating just one area of the same tones. I'm choosing to do colors into different tones, so separating them can help you out, you know, to create a different shapes. One would be yellow and red, and my other would be pink and purple, so you can choose, you know, to do each flower, different color all of the same. Really, there's freedom on that. But I do think that differentiating the areas will help just the designer to be as flat as I said before, I chose to use the things just because they're easy to use when creating radiant, they're more flowing. If you were to use acrylic paint for the flowers, it's gonna be more Ah, hard degree those Grady INTs. In any case, if you don't have the things, just feel free to use your acrylic paint and I work out the greetings. Or you can even paint each petal a different tone as you can see him already tackling the third flower. And I already changed my tones to the purple and pink, just making sure any color that I choose is not merely a similar as that background purple that I do have. So I'm again doing some Grady INTs. In this case, I chose to do some pedals only with one color, but I've mixed the color a little bit with water just to make sure I have different, less saturated tools. So, as you can see in some of them, the color really vibrates on in. Some of them is really mute, but that's the purpose just to have different tones for each pedal. I'm gonna let you watch how I finish the two remaining flowers. If you happen to make a mistaking, go over to pedals at the same time, It's OK. There's a lot of freedom here, and there is no room for mistakes, okay? 9. Hair&Details: In this video, we will be covering the hair as well as all the details on the face and around the flowers on the heart. Now I start with the ink I'm using Higgins Inc It's basically just black Indian ink. Uh, I'm applying with sub brush. The thing that I used for the face now, using a soft brush with anger water cooler is really useful. Just because the medium flows so much that with a soft brush, you're able to really pull the painting along the spaces that you want. Now I'm starting toe paint the hair, and it's important the direction where you're applying paint. As you can see, I'm following, like the natural way the hair go full on her face or her head. Now the reason for that it's because probably they're gonna be some marks off the think around head is. So if I'm using the direction off, how the hair natural naturally fools that's going to help me create the texture, and it will look more real now when doing the back side off the hair. As you can see, I switch my brushes toe one that it's quite a thinner than the 1st 1 and again I'm doing the edges. But I'm feeling the spaces, using the direction on how the hair will flow around the break. Later on, you're gonna see me do to codes off the ink on the face of the head just because I want to create two different tones, one from the head and one for the break. Now I'm gonna speed up the process later to using my heat gun. That way, I'm making sure the ink is dry and I can apply the second coat now for details are also using the Posca markers. They're basically acrylic markers. If you don't have those markers tickets, just use regular acrylic paint. The easy thing about using the markers is that it's really e c toe apply, you know, in intricate details. It's just like coloring. So that's why I find useful to use it on all the details again. This is the part where I'm doing the second coat, and that will create a sense off volume from the head to the braid. Drying it off now for the here. If you're doing black hair, I'm also gonna be used in some color cry ins for the highlights in thes gaze out will be using a light blue just because it's nicer to use a blue for highlights on black hair rather than white. And this is a trick I like to use with my illustrations. I'm doing an outlined with the acrylic marker on the main element, which is here, so it makes it pop in that way. It just, you know, it's more relevant in the copper for the eyes. Um, using a Sharpie marker, I find it useful. Since it's a really thin I can actually draw and paint the details quite easily. I'm for the eyebrows and mouth. I'll be using the color cry ins I like how the soft effect that they create is Mora. Nice to see on a face brother than using acrylic paint and applying different pressure just toe create a shading effect. Now, when you think color pencils on a canvas, it doesn't turn out really smooth. But in this case, it's working because we're using the watercolor campus, which is a smoother than the regular campus. If you see me apply a mixture off burnt sienna yellow, ochre it on the face just because I feel the shadows will look better with those scholars, just regular brown. Also for the lips. I'm doing our mix off colors so he looks way more natural. You could also change the color of the skin in earlier video, for example, by doing two coats off the water color the liquid watercolor. In this case, I only did one so the skin turn out quite liked. And I'm also painting the shadow under her chin just to differentiate the volume from the jaw over the neck. If I liked to paint a little bit off a blush there on the chicks and I'm robbing the color pencil just to make that as much effect now for the here I'm using a black color pencil just to create those strands that will create the texture of the braid. So again, everything has to go in the direction of the brain to make it look more natural. Here's where I'm adding the highlights that I mentioned earlier in the video. You can also highlights with purple color. They turn out what nights now moving on with highlights. I'm using a gel pain toe out, the highlights in the eyes and a metallic Sakura Pen toe absolute effects on her feelings, like how they can be shiny with a white gelt, and you can also have some effects. You know, in this case, is just little dots around the flowers. I feel like it acts to the composition. And if you like, for example, want to draw some leaves with the wife Jill pen, you will look quite nice also, and the same effects that I created on her face by doing all those shadows in details. I'm doing the exacting thing, but in the heart, adding color pencil on the edges off the areas painted with acrylic paint. I worked will to really separate colors. You can add as much details as you wish with the color pencil. There's no really a limit. When you feel like it's finish, you can just move on. Color pencils are the best way to add texture to some of the objects, like I did with the hair I'm doing now with the leaves. In this case, I'm using a pen which has a red color, and that's just because I felt that using the color pencils, what's not really strong enough to mark the veins on the heart. So by using the ink on that marker, I was ableto more successfully create those textures. But you can also use a paint liquid paint, and again you see me here, adding some dark shadow around the whole heart element to make it pump. And, uh, this is thing I like to do. I'm creating some sort off Mandela effect around her head. You can do these with basic shapes. In this case, I'm just creating like, rounded shapes, or I like a letter I type of shape. I'm just trying to distribute them evenly so it looks balanced and I'm mixing silver and the gold untalented events. He could also do these with a white gel pin, and, you know, again, there's no rules for how much details you at and looking at samples off. Mandela's can also help with driving ideas off where to put the details. And at the end, I ended up adding some little stems with the white jail just to fill out spaces, which I felt what's needed around the flowers. This would be the part that you can out of the text if you wish on the back cover using the wife, Jill 10. Spraying Fixative: Once you finish adding paint, you can go outside and spray some fixative over the campus. I let it dry, at least for 24 hours. 11. Adding the Felt: we're getting closer to the end in this video, I will be placing the campus over that he cfl's now that he's a felt I'm using its nine by 12. So it's gonna be slightly larger than the cameras, which is a perfect now. I'm just taking off the sticker. I would strongly suggest that you buy that he's it. Felt instead of buying regular Filton, the group, I feel like thes adhesive that it has, it's quite strong. I've been using it for a long time now, and I see that it holds perfectly. Even if I fold the no book, you know, and with use, it just stays on. So I strongly recommend that now the trick here is to avoid the bubbles. So that's why I only appeal a little bit of the vacuum off the felt, and I'm tryingto align perfectly the campus because if I managed to do that, he would be so much easier just to push the rest of the comments over the felt without going over it and missing some of the parts. Once you feel confident that the edges are align, start pulling the backing and pushing the campus over the adhesive. That way you make sure there's no bubbles and you can start pulling and pushing at the same time just to make sure it's completely flat. Now, since they're felt is a little larger than the compass. I'm just gonna stop pulling there, and then I'm gonna be using a cutting knife to remove that extra material from the edges. I do recommend you used a knife instead of sisters just because with the knife you're gonna be ableto have really, really straight cuts. Now, if you use the knife, just make sure you're placing something over the table that you're working on just to protect. I do have my cutting mat. So by using the ruler on the knife, I'm positive that the cuts are gonna be completely straight. If you have to go over several times just to make sure the felt has been cut it it would be best rather than just going over. Once I'll let stream all of the other edges again. I'm using the ruler, and I'm just placing right on the edge of the campus and getting we'd awful that extra felt . Yeah, while doing this, make sure you're pressing the ruler strong enough against the campus and the felt just so it doesn't slide while you cut. And also make sure to protect your fingers and don't place them to near the the knife and we are almost done. You should have your campus perfectly glued to the felt and let's move on to the following video. 12. Placing the Eyelets: it's time to place the islands. I'm gonna be using the template that I provided us A. Pdf just to help me out with the placement off the Holts. As you can see, there's the marks where I just need to place the template over the campus and used on all toe mark each of the holes I'm making Sure, template. It's perfectly aligned with a compass and with the old, which is useful for finding from just gonna slightly mark each off the places were the holes need to be. I'm not really making the hole with it all. I'm just marking. You can also use a pen marker just to mark the spots where you're gonna be using the crocodile. It will be a total of five holds one for the back. And once you're done, we can remove the template, and it's the time for using the property. As you can see, I have the marks right there where I know I need to place those eyelids. I'm gonna be using eighth often inch eyelids. And as you can see, the crocodile has to size for islets. One is eighth off a niche on the other one is three eighteens off a niche. Okay, now, since I have my marks, I'm just going online and make those little holes. I find a step to be quite important. Some people don't use eyelets. I just feel like he provides an extra support for the elastic. So the more you use your no book, the more protected it will be. Every time you pull the elastic cords, that is not gonna reap the Tempus. Then my phone away also toe on color. You can also purchase islets in different colors in this case, and you seen regular silver ones, but they do sell them in different colors. So that would be a fun way to add more color to your notebook. And I'm only gonna through the four holes for the elastic courts. I'm not doing the back off my notebook now. I'm just gonna I all four of islands in In the next video, we'll move on with elastic ports 13. Adding the Elastic Cord: we will be spreading the elastic cords in the holes that we already paid with our crocodile . Now, if you're not sure what link off elastic court to use because start actually placing it through the holes without cutting it in that way, you Once you are done pulling it, you can make sure we're toe cut, and that way you won't waste any off the elastic cord. Now here, the goal is to have two strips off elastic core in the inside part. We're avoiding having the last think run in the outside part of the notebook. If you're having this problem where you know the core doesn't go through the whole, you can actually do a small cut, and that will help you threaded through those little holes. Make sure that the islets you're using our big enough for the elastic course that you have . I decided to use black elastic court, but you can also use different colors. They also do have some a metallic ones. Once you're done threading the cord through all the holes, just make sure it's tight enough where you can play your inserts but not toe time that it will bend the whole campus and not close properly. Now, some people do like doing the not on the elastic or in covering it with, you know, some sort of charm or bead. I don't mind having the not, uh, the visible since it's gonna be on the inside part of the notebook now, when time did not just, you know, make sure your last think it's tight enough and you can also do two or three knots. Just make sure it's completely secure. And once you're done, you can also cut the extra court that it's left and a good tip is toe a little drop of glue just so it doesn't become undone. Well, you're using the notebook. Okay, now we're just gonna be rounding the corners off the notebook. Having rounded corners will be safer for that. He's it fell not to start peeling off from the campus. So for this you can actually use the sisters, and we're basically doing a small curve just to avoid having those sharp corners. And if it's not perfect, don't worry about it's not gonna be really noticeable. I have tried to use a rounded corner punch, but it's quite hard just because the felt on the campus are thick, so it's a is what? Hard to just use the punch and get away with a sharp, rounded itch. Now, in this part, you see me struggling because with the sisters and the adhesive felt, uh, it gets stock No, because of the group, but you can manage just to do those four corners. And once we have that, we can actually start folding the notebook and you will already have those elastic chords in there in the inside park. And now we only have to do the elastic cord in the back and will be done. Let's go to the next video. 14. Placing the Inserts: we made it our last video in here. We're not replacing the elastic court that actually closest are no book. I'm gonna be using that all on the elastic. Now, remember that mark that I made on the back cover? I'm actually gonna push all through that little hole in order to make a big you can do it both sides just to help you in order, be ableto push that all further into the material. Okay? Now, the tricky part here is that we need to thread the elastic court doubled through that little hole. So before continent on actually fold the cord and I'm gonna be helping myself with all by pushing the cord through the small hole. This will require some patients. But, you know, the more you do it, the easier is gonna get. Now, remember to do it from the inside part to the outside part. You see how I'm pressing the all? I'm pressing the court with all and I'm just making sure it pulls through the campus. And that way I can pull it from the other side. Once you're able to successfully pull that double court just pulled it enough for you could actually measure how much you need it, but be careful not to pull too hard. Otherwise, you'll miss. Look, now that you have to pull the cord through that hole, just make sure that your left hand is always holding the end of that court. Just a reunion meats and end up pulling both sides now unfolding. They know both just to see if the court is enough to close. And once you're satisfied, you can actually start doing the knocked. Now again, the same thing here I do two or three knots just to secure and at a drop off glue in order to secure the not and I want your finish within up, you can add a charm just to the great that elastic on the back. I'm using a small charm with a heart shape that says, Made with love, and you can ask many as you want and different sizes thing. Once you secure the charm, you are done and you're able to act inserts. You make your own inserts just by cutting loose paper and staple in it, or you can also purchase them online just by typing double national book inserts and you can choose from blank pages or about it, or greeted lines. Okay. And I hope you like these course and, uh, share your pictures off your finish notebook.