- The starting point would be the blog on Making a Masonite Album;
- There were three widely different blogs on how to decorate these albums, the first one showing you how to Decorate with Tea Bags;
- The second one was on Decorating a Girly Album;
- The third one showed you how to do a Mosaic Album Cover.
I use a large flat brush to paint the white board in acrylic Deep Rose.
For the two pages to come together neatly, I now paint Dadmium Red over the Deep Rose, leaving the edges unpainted and scraping paint off the middle in places. I also make sure to paint in all directions. This gives it a kind of fake distressed look.
I now need to add the journaling and I used a Staedtler Tricolour pen for this purpose.
Years ago, when still teaching, I was struck by how often teenagers used the term 'get a life'. I wrote this poem in response to that observation.
LIFEBefore you can get a life, you have to get life.If you fail to understand the essence of what life is,you are doomed to be a mere spectator,and never a participant.Many a person have admired a beautiful gown,but a fewer number have realised their designsand seen them paraded by even a high school model.Many a person have lost themselves in the pages of a great novel,but, in comparison, a few have written down their thoughtsand left them for another generation.The young are quick to taunt the old to get a life,yet they are not the creators of great poetry, or music,they did not set the records, or fight the wars that gave us peace,they did not balance incomes and expenditures,they are merely users of our universeand of those who left us theirs.
Pressing the bristles down hard on the board, I twisted my wrist and painted circles randomly all over the board. Tip: use older brushes for this, since it is an action that is damaging to the bristles.
I used the same no 8 Filbert brush and Cadmium Yellow to paint the petals.
Turn the brush sideways as illustrated. Put it right on the edge of the black circle. Apply slight pressure and flick off away from the circle. Repeat this action all the way around the centre of the flowers. Because the Cadmium Yellow is a transparent colour, you will be able to see the background colours through the yellow. This creates natural highlights and shadows in the painting which satisfies the eye.
And just like that, in a few simple steps, you have created an eye-catching last page for your album.
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