Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Painted Mini Album (B71B)

General supplies for making album base: pages made from "Today's Story" cut-apart cards from the Echo Park Photo Freedom System; standard office hole punch; upcycled toy linking rings used to bind album; pony bead upcycled from old jewelry.

This month the challenge theme at Berry71Bleu is "you color my world."  I think that the people who add color to our lives are often unsung heroes.  This includes people who support their communities by creating fun, family-friendly activities.  In the case of my family and community, the staff at the Como Park Zoo and the local libraries do so much to enrich our lives via their outreach programs.  So, my project for the "you color my world" challenge is a painted mini album about a fun day out that was co-sponsored by the zoo and the library.  

In this post I'll first walk you through the album (which has only six pages), and then I'll explain my various painting techniques.
 
Supplies for page one: banner stickers by Doodlebug; phrase sticker by Bella Blvd; alphabet sticker negatives by Lawn Fawn; die cut by October Afternoon; stamp by My Mind's Eye; ink by Hero Arts; watercolors by Angora; acrylic paint by Plaid.

Title: "Discover Africa"
Page one: "Summer fun creates lasting memories."
 
Supplies for pages two & three: labels and blue photo corners by October Afternoon; zigzag photo corners by Bella Blvd; watercolors by Angora; zebra sticker by Doodlebug; lion sticker by Creative Imaginations; pen by Creative Memories.

Page two: "First, a map game and a story about a zebra."
Page three: "Then ambassador animals...a hedgehog and a SNAKE!!!"
 
Supplies for pages four & five: labels and sticker negatives by Cosmo Cricket; die cuts by Lily Bee; word sticker by Bella Blvd; stamps by My Mind's Eye; ink by Hero Arts; Distress Stain & pearlescent paint by Ranger; pen by Creative Memories.

Page four: "When A. sees snakes he feels compelled to mimic them!"
Page five: "We also had the chance to view African plants."
 
Supplies for last page: die cut card by October Afternoon; label by Cosmo Cricket; elephant stickers by Creative Imaginations; all other stickers by Bella Blvd; stamp by My Mind's Eye; ink by Hero Arts; pen by Creative Memories.

Page six: "Thanks for all the fun, Como Park and Hennepin County Libraries!  Bravo!"

And now for a few notes about my painting techniques...
 

On page one, I used green watercolor paint to stencil over the background paper, using the negative from an alphabet sticker sheet as my stencil.  I also brushed some yellow watercolor paint along the edges of the page.  After the watercolors dried, I dry-brushed some bright orange acrylic paint onto the edge of the page and also onto the photo itself.  This album uses pint-sized phone photos, and the paint helped the small photo stand out on the album cover.
 

On page three I added a splash of color with a yellow/orange/green watercolor wash.  These watercolors add excitement and interest to the page, yet they are still light enough to be the base for my journaling.
 

My final technique was to use sticker negatives as stencils again, but this time with Liquid Pearls paint.  After the Liquid Pearls dried, I carefully cut along the edges of two of my painted butterflies, so it appears that these butterflies are holding my photo to the page.

I hope that you had fun viewing my mini album.  I certainly had fun creating it! 

24 comments:

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

How clever of you to repurpose the toy links, Denise (and to use the pony beads too)! Awesome!

Patricia Roebuck said...

What a cool idea! And I love the paint!! So fun!

Kay said...

What a wonderful, bright & colorful tribute to the staff at the Como Park Zoo! Love all the embellies you used to convey the overall theme of your mini album. Great take on the challenge. Thanks for joining us at Berry71Bleu!

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

Love the brights, Denise! TFS the idea of upcycling toy linking rings and the pony bead. I must note these down in my journal, Denise. So many ideas and too little time...

June Houck said...

So very cool, Denise! Great mini...I love the cover especially with the paint :)

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Gorgeous colors and details! :)
Very fun!

scapmanufaktur said...

Love your Mini, so colorful and fresh! Thank you so much for your comment on my blog and your congrats :-)))

Lean de Ruiter said...

Cool work and yummie colors.
byebye,Lean

Lynette said...

Gorgeous mini...I can see that you had a lot of fun creating it.

Marivic Clifton said...

Denise...So pretty, bright, and colorful! Thank you fro sharing this with us at berry71bleu...

jeanie g said...

Just love the colours and textures in this Denise. What a worthwhile mini book to make for them. Than you so much for your lovely comment on my SFH post.

juscrap said...

Soo beautiful album! I loved those colors and detais1 hugs

Debbie said...

Amazing mini! Love the bright colors and use of recycles (toys)! Thanks for joining us at Berry71bleu!

Chantalle said...

This is fabulous!

Юлия Бар said...

Denise очень интересно было разглядывать альбом))Очень познавательно. Я рада,что мы стали друзьями!

Carol L said...

You always amaze me with the things you recycle to create these awesome projects! I love those paint techniques!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is so much fun! I love the painting you've done on here!

Aline Fonseca said...

Hi, Denise!
Thanks for your words!
She was a baby for me, but this is life! Thanks so much!
Gourgeous mini album! So colorful! Love it!

Denise Price said...

^^^ Aline, my S4H teammate, is grieving the passing of her dog, Glenda. If you know Aline, I'm sure she'd appreciate any hugs and support at this sad time.

Angi Barrs said...

This is so bright and colorful!

Наталья Иванчук said...

очень красочный детский альбомчик! море позитива и энергии! здорово!

Lu - Babalu said...

I loved it! Project cheerful and colorful!
Hugs

Svjetlana said...

Lovely colours.

scapmanufaktur said...

I love your mini, just so colorful. And thank you very much Denise for sweet comment and congrats!