“Okinawa Adventure” Album

Hello!  Boy am I excited!  Chrissy here with my very first post as part of the Art Anthology Dream Team.  I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this superbly talented team and I look forward to learning from them as well as you!  Without further ado, let’s get on with the show.

I have always been behind the times as far as trends go and today’s project is no exception.  I’ve recently discovered that I am totally diggin’ the pocket scrapbooking way of doing things.  I love working on smaller canvases so this is right up my alley.  My project today is not a pocket spread, but the cover to my album that I will be using.

I’m using an 8.5 x 11 chipboard 3-ring binder to hold my spreads and the cover needed a little bit of dressing up.

PL Album Cover (1)

It’s like a party and it’s perfect for documenting our adventures while here on Okinawa.  Want to know how I “threw this party”?  Well wait no more!

The first thing you want to do is prime your surface.  I used some gesso on mine and Art Anthology has a fantastically creamy one!  Once your surface is completely dry, it’s time to add your stencil.  I used a clear heavy gel medium and a palette knife.  You want to be sure to apply it rather liberally to get the maximum effect.

PL Album Cover (3)

The look is very subtle but perfect.  The gel stenciling adds a very nice visual dimension as well as a tactile one.  Once again, wait until your stenciled layer is completely dry before the next step – splattering!

After your background has dried and you’ve changed over your laundry, checked your Facebook and Pinterest feeds, as well as stop the kidlets from arguing, it’s time to bust out your Colorations Sprays and get to splattering!  This was the most fun because it’s actually a great stress reliever.  Use whatever colors suit your tastes and as usual, be sure to wait until each color dries before adding the next.  For mine, I used Waimea Bay, Juicy, Plush, Heart, and Glorious.

PL Album 5

Now it’s time for the finer details.  My Fairy Dimensional Crystal paint in came handy for this step.  All I did was add tiny blobs throughout the cover.   You can see them in the photo above.  Such a beautiful shade of green!

Who doesn’t love embellishing?  Since my background is pretty busy but uses a small scale pattern, I wanted my title to be simple yet have an impact.  It was time to bust out some sprayable alphas and go to town.  Once the spray was dry, I added a coat of Frost Sorbet Dimensional paint to add a nice little sheen and shine.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but I promise it’s there!

PL Album Cover (2)

To make sure my awesomely sprayed title and accent gold alphas didn’t get lost in the party crowd, I bunched up some black burlap twine underneath it.  I can’t say my burlap twine randomly scrunched, bunched, and placed.  It wasn’t.  I just kept moving pieces of the loops around until I was happy with the placement and glued it down.

PL Album Cover (4)

Finally, my cover was missing that itty bitty little “something”.  I hemmed and hawed over what it could possibly be and then it came to me.  Sequins!  I added various colored sequins throughout the area around my title and they were perfect.  Once the glue dried, my cover was done.

I look forward to sharing this album throughout my term with Art Anthology and into the future.   I sincerely hope you come along on this fantastic journey with me.

Until next time, cheers!

Supplies Used:
Art Anthology Colorations Spray – Waimea Bay
Art Anthology Colorations Spray – Juicy
Art Anthology Colorations Spray – Heart
Art Anthology Colorations Spray – Glorious
Art Anthology Colorations Spray – Plush
Art Anthology Sorbet Dimensional Paint – Frost
Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal Paint – Fairy
Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal Paint – Mermaid
Art Anthology Gesso

Other Supplies Used:
Chipboard 3-ring Binder
May Arts Burlap Twine
Pink Paislee Alphas
American Crafts Thickers

AA Signature

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2 thoughts on ““Okinawa Adventure” Album

  1. Monica Lowrance

    love the oh so colorful cover. I can’t wait to see the rest of the journal and as it all comes together. I love how the sequins sealed the deal.


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