PERSONAL POST – Altered Sketchbook

Students use papier-mâché technique to personalize a sketchbook by creating a relief image that reflects something of importance to them on the cover.

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PERSONAL POST – Altered Sketchbook


  • Crayola Acrylic Paint - 6 Count
  • Crayola Paintbrushes - 4 Count
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Erasable Coloured Pencils - 12 Count
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Paper Plates for Palettes
  • Masking Tape
  • Hard Cover Sketchbook - 1 per student
  • Tissue Paper
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Recycled Magazines


Step 1
  1. Make some preliminary sketches of ideas for your book cover.
  2. Have some fun with your design.
  3. Choose the idea you like the best.
Step 2
  1. Gather supplies needed.
Step 3
  1. Put one layer of masking tape on the front cover of your book.
Step 4
  1. Start creating your image by scrunching up balls of masking tape and sticking them onto the cover.
  2. Continue adding masking tape details until you are satisfied with your creation.
Step 5
  1. Cut tissue paper into small - about 5 cm x 5 cm (2" x 2") squares.
  2. Glue the tissue paper squares to the cover with Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue.
  3. Apply glue to both sides of the paper.
Step 6
  1. Glue 3 layers of tissue paper squares over the entire book cover.
  2. Create additional detail pieces to add to your book cover.
  3. Use masking tape to form the pieces, and then glue 3 layers of tissue paper over them.
  4. Allow everything to dry overnight.

Step 7
  1. Paint the book cover and any extra detail pieces with Crayola acrylic paint.
  2. Mix colours on a paper plate.
  3. Once the paint is dry use Crayola washable No-Run School Glue to attach the detail pieces.
Step 8
  1. Cut out words and quotes that reflect something about you from recycled magazines.
  2. Glue them to your book cover so they become part of the overall design.