Friday, August 31, 2012

eight, the paint party
mixed media mini album

A mini album for Addie Blue's 8th birthday paint party.
I used an old book cover, dictionary pages, water soluble artist crayons, watercolour pencils, gesso, matte gelwatercolour paper, and lots of scraps from my desk.


I wrote the title on the spine. The front cover says the paint party, but it is in faint pencil and did not photograph well.

The front cover.

Textured page edges.

First page and inside cover.

Layers of tape, tags, Amy Tangerine fabric stickergold blue foil star stickers. Tapes here include hello washi by Cosmo Cricket, Heidi Swapp neon yellow stripe, and Tim Holtz tissue tape. The blue label is from Hampton Arts.

The inside front cover. Gesso, water soluble artist crayon,  and acrylic ink.

Collage 1. Tape, ink, tags, book page, chipboard, artist crayon.

I made blocks of patterned paper with artist crayon, a paint brush, and watercolour paper to go beside each photo.

I loaded my brush with water between painting each circle to create an ombre effect in each colour.

Collage 2. Tape, doilies, tags, stamped chipboard, artist crayon, scraps.

More ombre patterned paper.

Collage 3. Tape, stamping, stamped transparency, scraps, artist crayon, tags, scrap paper.

Patterned paper featuring ombre confetti and ink splatter.

Collage 5. Paint brush, labels, tags, foil star, tape, scraps.

Ombre confetti dash paper.
I used an Amy Tangerine fabric sticker on each photo layout, and they were so perfect for this album!

The end.

Supplies: gesso (Faber-Castell); matte gel (Faber-Castell); artist crayons (Faber-Castell); watercolour pencils (Faber-Castell); dictionary pages; old book cover; tags (the Paper Company, Avery, the Paper Source); stamp (Recollections); stamp ink (Recollections); die cuts (K&Co); labels (Hampton Arts, Avery); tape (Cosmo Cricket, Heidi Swapp, Tim Holtz, Bella Blvd.); fabric stickers (American Crafts); chipboard (Maya Road); punch (Fiskars, Martha Stewart); wood veneer flags (My Mind's Eye); vellum (the Paper Source).

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Fleursbydesign said...

Gorgeous mini love the cover :)

Sara said...

Beautiful mini! Bet it was fun to create!

Unknown said...

That is amazing! I love mini books AND mixed media.
Thanks for your post... lots of great ideas.


Anonymous said...

Really lovely. So many clever ideas. Thanks for sharing. One perhaps silly question, but its not obvious from the photos: did you just tape the pages to the cover and to each other?

Ashley Calder said...

hi Helen,
Thanks! I did not include details about how I put the pages together.

This is how I made the inner pages:

Each two page spread is on one dictionary page, folded in half.
Each layout is on its own page, so the pages are only scrapped on one side.
Once each spread was complete, I adhered the pages together with lots of ATG, making sure to get as close to the edges as possible.
Then I used folded cardstock to hold the entire stack together.
I put the front page on top of the cardstock for the title/first page of the little album.
The last page is adhered directly to the back cover.

I will see if I can put together a photo tutorial some time soon. I really know nothing at all about book binding/mini album assembly, so I just winged it as I went, and hoped it would all work out.

Anonymous said...

Aha! Thanks soooo much for letting me know!
Off to run to the scrapping cabin, while the littles are out with their Dada, to try it out.....! Thank you !!

Jill said...

Oh my, my, this is a treasure. I love the painterly details.

Treat and Trick said...

What a creative and fantastic product! Thanks for your lovely comment dear!

Irma said...

what an amazing piece of art!

The Mandatory Mooch said...

I grew up in a very artistic family and love this idea. Beautiful job!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight!! www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

Thanks, Nichi

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