stencil and collage book cover

After creating 49 book of background pages, we finally get to make a stencil and collage book cover.

We’ve finally made it!

This will be the inside front cover so I can do a bit of writing on the inside about the journey.   To keep things simple, you can use any heavy cardstock, masonite or corrugated cardboard.  We’ll use printed paper as the background and stencil tinted modeling page for a simple accent.  Keep the stencil and collage book cover simple as the embellishing will really make the page pop in phase two.

How to Make a Stencil and Collage Book Cover

A bit of pre-planning went into this background, making sure that the background was creative enough in design, but physically allowed an area for writing.

stencil and collage book cover

Background Type:

  • Any type of surface that will accept acrylic paint.
  • For the covers, I’m using the cardboard backing of a pad of watercolour paper.  Backings for drawing, acrylic or even palette paper works really well for this technique.


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Titan Buff – DMFA38
  • Transparent Red Iron Oxide – DMFA41

Mediums and Specialty Products

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt Media White Modeling Paste – DMM21
  • DecoArt Americana Triple Thick Gloss Glaze – TG01
  • DecoArt Americana Decou-Page Glue, Sealer & Finish – Matte – DS106


  • DecoArt Americana Decor – Distressed Harlequin – ADS03

Collage Material

  • DecoArt Americana Decou-Page Paper – Olde Worlde – DP10


  • Application and Texture Tools – DAS221


Royal Soft-Grip

  • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425

Royal Aqualon

  • 3/4″ & 1″ Glaze Wash – R2700
  • #6 & 12 Shader – R2150

 Royal Clear Choice

  • 1/2″ White Bristle Stencil – 1111


General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun


What did you think?

Have you ever made your own book covers by hand?  If so, do you prefer making them by hand?  If not, what’s stopping you? Please share in the comments below.