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3-D Book of Potions

DecoArt® Matte Metallics™

3-D Book of Potions
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3-D Book of Potions

designed by Crimson Duvall

Add a book of potions, with 3-D cover art, to Halloween décor with DecoArt® Matte Metallics™.

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Americana® Acrylics

  • Canyon Orange (DA238)
  • Lamp (Ebony) Black (DAO67)
  • Light Buttermilk (DA164)
  • Moody Blue (DA389)

Americana® Decou-Page™

  • Matte Decou-Page (DS106)

DecoArt® Matte Metallics™

  • Gold (DMMT02)

Other supplies

  • paper towels
  • hot glue gun (with clear glue sticks)
  • small round brush
  • old book
  • coffee filters
  • medium flat brush
  • pencil
  • plastic snake


  1. Find an old book in a thrift store, a sketchbook, notebook, or any book you already have. (Mine didn't even have a cover.)
    Step 0 Example
  2. Plan the cover layout by drawing words and placing the plastic snake. (See provided pattern.)
    Step 1 Example
  3. Using hot glue, trace over the words and patterns. Glue on the snake as well. Allow to cool completely.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Gather a few coffee filters, a medium flat brush, and Matte Decou-Page.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Paint Decou-Page onto the book surface and place a coffee filter on top. Using a brush loaded with Decou-Page, smooth out the filter onto the book. (Pay attention to forming the filter into rounded letters and shapes.) Let dry completely.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Paint the book's entire surface with Canyon Orange.
    Step 5 Example
  7. While the surface is still wet, paint Moody Blue onto various areas.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Paint Lamp Black into the creases and around the raised areas.
    Step 7 Example
  9. With a paper towel, wipe back the Lamp Black paint to reveal a lighter-raised area. Let dry.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Dry-brush Light Buttermilk onto the book's surface.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Continue to dry-brush until you reach the desired effect on the book cover. Let dry completely.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Using your finger or a brush, apply Gold to the raised words, textures, and snake. Allow to dry.
    Step 11 Example
  13. To bring even more drama to the potion book, add more Lamp Black to certain areas to increase the contrast.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Personalize the potion book with other words, textures, or animals.
    Step 13 Example
  15. Combine the potion book with other DIY projects for a magical display.
    Step 14 Example
  16. A thrifty, mixed media project anyone can enjoy!
    Step 15 Example
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