For this project, you will need:

  • Powertex fabric hardener in Bronze or Black

  • Paints, varnish and flat paintbrush

  • A hardbacked wirebound notebook

  • A selection of cotton fabrics,  t-shirting, muslin, stockinette, hessian

  • Lace or braid trim for texture

  • Lightweight decorative embellishments in a theme of your choice.

  • Clingfilm, disposable gloves and  plastic bowl


Part 1 – Preparation

  • You will need to protect your work are with plastic before you start.
  • You should protect the areas of your journal you do not want Powertex on before you start.
  • If your notebook has a bag, using scissors, cut one side from the top opening to the bottom. Fold your front and back covers together so that just the pages hang down and then slide the pages into the plastic cover as close to the wire binding as you can.  Fold over the top of the cover and stick down.
  • If using clingfilm you will need to cut a length about three times the width of your notebook and at least 1 and a half times as wide.
  • Wrap the pages in the clingfilm ensuring you get as close to the wire binding as possible. 

Part 2 – The back Cover

  • Shake the Powertex well to mix it up and pour a small amount into a plastic bowl or plate.
  • Use the paintbrush to paint Powertex all over the back cover, taking care at the wire binding.
  • Wearing gloves, and using a small piece of lightweight natural fabric such as muslin or stockinette, dip the fabric into the Powertex and gently massage the Powertex through all the fibres until the whole of the fabric is covered.
  • It should not be dripping wet or slimy, but should be starting to stick to your gloves and itself.
  • An alternative is shown on the video how to use paper towel or tissue paper.
  • Cover the back of the notebook with a little texture.

Part 3 – The Front Cover

  • Paint over the front cover, making sure it is the correct way up to open. it should be on your right hand side
  • Using  a selection of fabrics  dip into the Powertex and carefully rub into  fibres until it is all covered
  • Continue to add fabric ensuring there is sufficient clearance for the cover to fully open over the wire binding.
  • You can add other pieces of hessian or lace to add different textures.


Part 4 – Embellishments

  • Any embellishments should be covered in Powertex and pressed firmly into a suitable place on the front cover of your notebook. They might need to be held there a minute or two until they stick.
  • Be aware of the wire binding and cluster your embellishments not too close to the spine.
  • Once you’re happy with the placement of your embellishments have a quick check to make sure you cannot see any white bits.
  • Leave to dry, preferable overnight.

Part 5 – Dry Brushing

  • Drop a small amount of water based varnish onto a mixing palette or plastic plate.
  • Dip the flat edges of the dry brush into the varnish.
  • Using powdered paint pigment or other paint,  then dip the brush into the paint pigment to pick up what sticks to the brush.
  • Mix into a creamy consistency on the palette.
  • Wipe any excess paint off onto a paper towel.
  • Holding the paintbrush almost horizontal to the project, gently swipe the brush over the top of the project and let the tops of the wrinkles and textures pick the colour up.  Repeat as required.
  • Metallic colours are best left until the last highlight.
  • The pigment paint is dry immediately.
  • Remember to clean your brushes thoroughly in hot soapy water to remove any varnish.