3-D Book of Potions

3-D Book of Potions

Posted by DecoArt on Sep 23rd 2020

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


    • paper towels
    • hot glue gun
    • 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.)
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Plan the cover layout by drawing words and placing the plastic snake. (See provided pattern.)
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Using hot glue, trace over the words and patterns. Glue on the snake as well. Allow to cool completely.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Gather a few coffee filters, a medium flat brush, and Matte Decou-Page.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. 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.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Paint the book's entire surface with Canyon Orange.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. While the surface is still wet, paint Moody Blue onto various areas.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Paint Lamp Black into the creases and around the raised areas.
    16. Instruction #8
    17. With a paper towel, wipe back the Lamp Black paint to reveal a lighter-raised area. Let dry.
    18. Instruction #9
    19. Dry-brush Light Buttermilk onto the book's surface.
    20. Instruction #10
    21. Continue to dry-brush until you reach the desired effect on the book cover. Let dry completely.
    22. Instruction #11
    23. Using your finger or a brush, apply Gold to the raised words, textures, and snake. Allow to dry.
    24. Instruction #12
    25. To bring even more drama to the potion book, add more Lamp Black to certain areas to increase the contrast.
    26. Instruction #13
    27. Personalize the potion book with other words, textures, or animals.
    28. Instruction #14
    29. Combine the potion book with other DIY projects for a magical display.
    30. Instruction #15
    31. A thrifty, mixed media project anyone can enjoy!
    32. Instruction #16


    Cover Pattern