Let’s do a mixed media cover today!

I recently got a Jane Davenport Butterfly Effect book which allows you to easily add paper inserts, just like in a Midori
Now of course you can buy a beautiful mixed media cover with Jane’s artwork already on it but, being an artist, I went for the blank cover so I could put my own art on it. I know you understand me so I won’t explain further ๐Ÿ˜‰

The cover is made of blank canvas fabric and is very easy to paint so I decided to go with the flow and see where it would take me…

Tutorial steps

Jane Davenport mixed media cover, here I come!

Inside Cover

  • First, I applied a thick layer of white gesso on the front and back to make sure everything was nicely sealed and ready to take paint and whatever I wanted to throw at it ๐Ÿ™‚ I was careful to avoid painting the elastics at first but you will see by the end of this video that there is just no point hahaha
  • Once everything was thoroughly dry, I started finger painting, spreading lovely colours around and blending them together: turquoise, lime green, mauve, magenta…
  • I added some interest with gold paint and a pretty stencil by Tim Holtz…
  • Then, off camera (batteries always die half way through!), a few turquoise stems…

And that’s it, I’m loving it just the way it is now!

Outside Cover

  • I decided to create my background with FW pearlescent inks… They are liquid acrylics so easy to apply and very vibrant! I started with yellow, orange, some red, turquoise for contrast then silver pearl to tone down some parts and make the background look uniform.
  • I used black and ink and a Punchanella stamp to add texture…
  • Then dripped more ink, spraying water as I went along… FUN!
  • Once everything was nice and dry, I stamped pretty textured circles with white ink then added smaller circles with yellow paint and a border stencil. And that’s all it needed!

To unify everything I rubbed a little gold paint with my finger on all the edges, also creating a thin border on the front and back.
And finally, off camera, I added a nice of gloss varnish everywhere to protect my hard work ๐Ÿ™‚


Watch the video tutorial…

And let me know your thoughts on this with a comment below (scroll down to the bottom of the page) as I always love to hear from you!

With love and sunshine,
Mimi Bondi

Art supplies used

(click on blue links if you want to buy the same ones)

Photos of my mixed media cover Butterfly Effect Book


Mixed media cover Butterfly Effect Book Jane Davenport

Mixed media cover Butterfly Effect Book Jane Davenport

Mixed media cover Butterfly Effect Book Jane Davenport

Mixed media cover Butterfly Effect Book Jane Davenport

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