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Transform a boring notebook into a swirled journal!
I learned this cheap and easy technique from an art class that I took once. It's incredibly simple, and who doesn't love to cover themself in shaving cream? The best part: no two journals end up the same!

Posted by Olivia H. from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States • Published See Olivia H.'s 29 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Spray the shaving cream out on the cookie sheet. Spread the cream out evenly with your hands. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be perfectly smooth.

  • Step 2

    Squirt the paint onto the shaving cream. Swirl the cream with the popsicle stick or your finger. You should have a nice swirly pattern in the shaving cream.

  • Step 3

    Take the notebook, unfold it, and place the cover down in the cream. Press down gently, then slowly and carefully pull it up.

  • Step 4

    Take the scraper or plastic knife and gently scrape the excess shaving cream off of the cover. If there is any left, you can use paper towels to remove it. Congratulations on your new original journal!

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PineconePrincess
PineconePrincess · Roseburg, Oregon, US · 19 projects
:O!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME! i must make this!
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Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
Fabulous!! Such a clever idea (^_^)
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Olivia H.
Olivia H. · Indianapolis, Indiana, US · 32 projects
Also you don't need to seal the cover, unless ink rubs off after it dries (only an hour or two). Mine have never rubbed off, though. It may depend on the book you use. Books with glossy covers would probably need to be sealed.
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Olivia H.
Olivia H. · Indianapolis, Indiana, US · 32 projects
You can use watered down acrylic paint, but I prefer marbling ink. In a jam you can even use food coloring.
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Caeli L.
Caeli L. · Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CA · 25 projects
Oh, and do you need to seal the paint with anything? I'm thinking of a layer of watered white glue?
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Caeli L.
Caeli L. · Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CA · 25 projects
What kind of paint do you use for this? I'm thinking about doing one with gold and black tonesHappy
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Caeli L.
Caeli L. · Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CA · 25 projects
What kind of paint do you use for this? I'm thinking of making one in black and gold tones!
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