Painted Pages

Pages in old books, newspapers and magazines can provide beautiful canvases for painting. Tracking them down in yard sales and second hand shops is fairly easy, and with a little watercolour paint, they can be turned into something worthy of framing. I recently saw some beautiful examples in a store, and thought it was finally time to give it a try.


  • old pages from books, magazines, newspapers
  • watercolour paints


This is an easy project which simply involves painting images on old paper. Watercolours are perfect for this because their transparency allows you to see some of the text underneath. And since we all seem to have Halloween on the brain, it provides a great theme for this time of year; one that kids will love! What to do with these paintings once they’re done? You can bind the pages to make a mini book, frame them, or put them inside a sketchbook or journal.

Here are a few photos I took in that change room, so you can see how great they looked framed.



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29 responses to “Painted Pages

  1. What an lovely idea. They are all so beautiful, but my fave is the clock.

  2. marijkemill

    This is fabulous!
    I want, I want….
    OK, I’ll just have to make my own…..
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is so cool! I just started art journaling this week.. it’s hard to let yourself go and just do it!

  4. Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing.

  5. My grand daughter and I just finished painting some old search a word book pages. We are using them as the back drop for other drawings that will be cut out and glued on them. Thanks for linking up with me:)

  6. WOW!!! Totally love these!!!! You are a very talented painter!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  7. So spooky and cool! I love the first pumpkin one and the one with the face, wow!

  8. Great idea! I love the clock! I’ve painted on bookpages and the printed word does add some charm to it! Thanks for sharing! Patsy

  9. I must do this- I also like the idea of stencils, less special but,easier! thanks for taking the time…

  10. Love idea Bella! Now if I could only draw :-). Thank you for sharing this at Project Queen’s Link Party last week. I will be featuring your beautiful Painted Pages tomorrow night (Monday) at the Highlight Party!

  11. What an awesome idea, and the pages are beautiful! I just love to visit your blog. You are so awesome and talented. Thank you so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent. 🙂

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  13. A very lovely idea, and the pages look so beautiful. You truly are so talented I could cry (for myself)! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  14. Stephanie

    these look great! and I can imagine they can be used in many larger projects!

  15. These look amazing! my favorite is the pumpkin and tree. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  16. Wow, beautiful!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  17. I love how you painted the pages. It is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  18. artbyroisin

    Gr8t idea thanks.

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