When Prima came out with the Donna Downey fabric album, I just about jumped out of my skin! Here's what the original album looks like:
I knew that I had to have one! So, I was so totally thrilled when Kim at Portrait Bug asked me to play with one for the store. Yay! Here's a peek at what I did (though, photos really don't do it justice):
Obviously I used a lot of paint: a mixture of Claudine Hellmuth paints for Ranger, gesso, and watercolors. Speaking of which, I finally had to say goodbye to my Winsor&Newton watercolors. I bought them in college for a costume design class.
Sadly, several of the tubes have dried up over the past twelve years. So tragic. This was my first foray into buying art supplies and I loved this set. But, I have moved on to a set of Koi tube watercolors. They don't come with a built in palette, like the Winsor&Newton set, so I bought a fabulous little portable palette at my local art shop. Here are the watercolors and a similar palette...
It's so great for travel. It just closes right up and nothing spills anywhere. I love it!
Anyway, the album comes with a mixture of plain canvas pages and page protectors. I decided to go a little crazy and stitch flowers inside the page protectors, thus creating clear flower pages. Here's a closeup:
Those flowers are sandwiched inside the page protector. Cool, right? I hope so. Because it was a pain in the you-know-what to get them to stay where I wanted them while I was trying to sew them in. A major pain. The clear page looks something like this when it's all finished:
And here's a close up of one of the painted canvas pages:
Finally, the album has a nice fat spine, so I even put a photo right on the spine (certainly makes it easier to identify in my bookcase):
I can't wait to get my hands on another canvas album and try something totally different!
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