An "Inspired" Project


This is what I made in Tena's Clearly Beautiful class. My album ended up being a great little collection of personal "beautiful things" and included the bits and pieces of goodness I created in Kal's class.

Here's some thoughts:

1. The album was a great jumping off point. Tena created a classic structure that was really open for additional "stuff" and modification. Love that.

2. Working with Tim's Alcohol Inks was a really cool experience. I am not much of a "color blender "so I went with single drops onto the acrylic album pages to create the polka dot pattern (the inks dry super fast). The idea of drops came about as Tena told us some of the other cool things students had done in earlier classes.

3. I loved that I felt the freedom to play. I used less words than normal in this album and I like how it became a glimpse into my creative life right now. I like that there are miscellaneous marks here and there. I like that it is colorful. It was the perfect environment for experimentation.

4. I finished the album in class.

Here's a look at the entire album:




The photo overlay was a technique from Kal's class using a thick piece of plastic (can't remember the name, Kal?),
tracing the subject of your photo, and embellishing with pencil crayons. Added words cut from a random piece of paper for my title. The
clear acrylic album we used is similar to this one.


Collection of slide mounts from Random Arts. Photos adhered back to back on the acrylic pages.



Man, I love acrylic albums. Damask sticker from Heidi Swapp.


Pencil crayon drawings from Kal's class. I just cut them up and added them right onto the background patterned paper. This is probably my favorite spread.


The canvas piece is a graphite transfer (technique from Kal's class) from an old photo of me and my bike and colored in with pencil crayons.   



Old black and white photo (laser copy) that I had brought along to potentially use as a photo transfer.




The paper on the right side is one I have had forever. It has little metal "beads" that add great dimension and texture. Anyone know who makes it?



Another playful piece from Kal's class. Pencil crayons on cardboad.


Thanks again Tena and Kal. I loved this experience. If you ever have a chance to
take a class from Tena or Kal I highly recommend it. Both have such a great mixture
of technique and heart.

Also, check out the newest issue of my newsletter here. Today's topic is "getting real."

51 thoughts

  1. Stacy/CA

    2008-04-17 19:31:38 -0400

    I love that you are sharing your projects. I have been scared to play with my acrylic album, but I think I may need to play with it this weekend.
    I think that beaded paper is by Crafter's Workshop. They had a whole line of really neat embossed papers and funky cardstock that Two Peas carried in 2000, 2001? Somewhere around there.

  2. paolo

    2008-04-17 19:53:36 -0400

    I love how this project ended up meshing together bits of the entire weekend together for you. So very cool....

  3. Elliottsurf

    2008-04-18 01:08:29 -0400

    Oh Ali, I love this. Especially all of your pages with the pencil/crayon drawings. I am inspired!

  4. Leah

    2008-04-18 01:26:08 -0400

    I have the hardest time doing mini's. Not sure why, just always end up going back to layouts. But every time I see a new one of yours I'm inspired to give it another go!
    Great album!

  5. Mae

    2008-04-18 02:42:27 -0400

    Thank you so much for sharing your fun project. I just love checking your always inspire me.

  6. {vic}

    2008-04-18 03:57:38 -0400

    my favorite was the photo overlay at the beginning of the project and the quote at the end.
    I have no idea what slide mounts are?

  7. Lan

    2008-04-18 04:01:20 -0400

    If I've never heard of you before, I could totally tell that you are a graphic artist! Designs are just cool.

  8. Jingle

    2008-04-18 05:13:22 -0400

    Your album is really fun to look at! I love all the unique and interesting techniques you used. It has so much texture! Thanks for having on your banner ads! They are awesome and I love that you are spreading the word!

  9. Jenni

    2008-04-18 05:39:18 -0400

    OMG, I have been doing LOTS of cardboard these days, and I love your ideas!! I am making an 8X8 for my aunt, and I cut her initials from cardboard, and also cut out a heart shape. I just made a mini book using a trader joe's bag, and it came out so cute! LOVE these green ideas. I just recv'd LIFE ARTIST in the mail today, and I am over the moon :-}. Thanks for the inspo! Jen from SoCal

  10. Liz Ness

    2008-04-18 06:39:49 -0400

    Anis Nin...she is just so cool!

  11. ashley

    2008-04-18 07:10:25 -0400

    Gorgeous work, as always, Ali! Thank you for sharing your artwork and the small tidbits of your personal life with us. You are a truly talented woman.

  12. Veronica

    2008-04-18 08:15:21 -0400

    I too can't read some of the newsletter due to the picture being on top of the type. Strange.

  13. Cindy

    2008-04-18 08:22:11 -0400

    I love that last quote. I have it in a shadow box frame along with the first rose my husband brought to me when we started dating. ;)
    Great book!!

  14. Cheryl Dalpe

    2008-04-18 10:50:30 -0400

    Great album--sounds like the Inspired event was really..inspiring! LOL As far as the paper with the "metal beads". I have several sheets of it, and mine have labels from The Paper Company-purchased at A.C.Moore in Massachusetts.

  15. Teresa

    2008-04-18 12:05:25 -0400

    So amazing! Love all the different elements of your book. Great book!

  16. simply

    2008-04-18 12:08:41 -0400

    What a wonderful thing...I love the simplicity of your book...I may just put together my own...
    so cool :o)

  17. beth

    2008-04-18 13:12:32 -0400

    your book is incredible.
    can't wait to go back and add some more things to mine.
    thanks for sharing it.

  18. maggie Holmes

    2008-04-18 16:48:32 -0400

    amazing ali! i love all of the artistic pieces - so cool!!

  19. O

    2008-04-19 07:51:30 -0400

    I've come back several times to look at this album you made, to take in different pieces of it. I love it. Love the new methods that you learned & incorporated into it and the quote is outstanding. I'm going to try that alcohol ink and some of Kal's methods. Love her blog too. Oh, this all opens up new possibilities (that's my word for this year). :) Re: the quote..."risk" really hit home for me. I'm not a risk taker and my life is the poorer for it. If I had taken risks I know I'd be happier and my life would be SO different and therein, so much better, fuller, richer, ...well, you get the picture. Thanks for sharing yourself on your blog. Thank you for being real & transparent---meaning, you let us see who you really are. I admire you so much.

  20. jen downer

    2008-04-19 09:50:34 -0400

    ali! i LOVE this book!!!! it is so expressive and looks like an absolute blast to create!
    xo, jen

  21. Christina in Seattle

    2008-04-19 15:23:24 -0400

    Hello Ali!!
    Love love love this little album! The paper you were talking about I saw at the Paper Company both at CHA... Hope this helps!

  22. Christina in Seattle

    2008-04-19 15:23:56 -0400

    Hello Ali!!
    Love love love this little album! The paper you were talking about I saw at the Paper Company both at CHA... Hope this helps!

  23. barbara

    2008-04-20 07:34:41 -0400

    Wonderful and inspiring techniques. Do you have a link for the graphite transfer technique? FUN.

  24. Vianna

    2008-04-20 15:01:40 -0400

    Would this be the Calendar vinyl?
    Wonderful project!

  25. Bianca Alonso

    2008-04-24 04:51:14 -0400

    This project is amazing! Here in Brazil this paper you told is easy to find. I have some sheets with diferent patern, all made with those little beeds ;)

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