The colors are more "happy" in reality.
I usually buy a calender where you can create your own front and back. I took a cardstock and some acrylic paints and went wild with it. :)
This is what my diary looked like last year... I haven't had the time to decorate my newly bought one.
This is the front...
... and the back.
As I said before, I used acrylic paint and some masks from The Crafters Workshop. When everything was dry I highlighted the shapes from the mask by outlining them with a black pen. I also stamped with some texture stamps and a toilet paper roll.
As a final touch I used some gesso with a piece of punchinella to make the small happy dots. :)
The front and back together. These are some of my favorite colors - pink, yellow and turquoise.
The ticker black circles are done with liquitex acrylic ink, that are more fluent then normal acrylic paint. So after painting the circles I tilted the paper slightly, letting the paint flow.
I used a left over piece as a front for my dads note book...
... and my niece really liked it, so she got a front...
... and back for her school calender. :)
Here you can see that there wasn't enough for the back of her calender, but I fixed that with a piece of cardstock.
Between the mask shapes I used a mix of gesso and grey acrylic paint to even out the background slightly. I like that, when you use gesso and acrylic paint, it doesn't need to mix completely.
This is just a happy close up. Love it! :)