Apr 26, 2010
Scrap booking has been popular for years. There’s no limit to the bells and whistles you can buy to dress up your scrap books and many are not that inexpensive to purchase. At a time when so many people are out of work or are concerned about becoming one of the numerous unemployed in this country right now, a lot of scrappers are looking for alternatives to all the buttons, bows etc. that go into creating scrap books.
Have you ever considered incorporating painting into your scrap book pages and purchasing fewer scrap book trinkets, etc.? If so, maybe you should try painting.
With just a few brushes and a few bottles of inexpensive paints, you can make your scrap books look fantastic. There’s no limit to what you can create. There’s a whole new world out there for you in painting. Beware: Painting can become addictive.
There are just tons of patterns you can use and many of them are free on line. Sharon Teal Coray, Linda Lover and many more artists have a lot of free designs in her magazine and Purple PaletteYahoo group. You can paint what you want free hand and not use a pattern at all. It’s all up to you and your imagination. If you can imagine it, you can paint it. How cool is that?
As for me I love the look of long leafs going up on the side of a mat for framing or flowers painted in one or more corners of a frame. You could even paint a frame and mat. Paint the entire cover, pages and section pages however you want.
If your theme is the beach, then paint sand and beach chairs and maybe even some neat looking sea shells. How about palm trees or coconut trees on shore and then the beautiful ocean? Maybe some boats, too. Do you have a flower or vegetable garden? For your cover pages you could paint bold flowers or veggies and fruits. Cute!
If the theme is your pets, you could paint paw prints, bones, balls, yarn, food dishes and so on. Who says you have to have all of the other types of embellishments for all of your scrap booking? Incorporate one with the other. Make a statement. Make it exciting, fresh and new. Who wants the same old stale look? Have a scrap book (or scrappers) painting party some time. Why not? You could share brushes and paints and patterns. Share whatever you have with one another. Make some snacks to bring along, too.
Have even more fun with scrap booking and give painting a try. I can pretty much assure you that it will be less costly to paint as opposed to using all the other embellishments you’ve been using. Once you start to paint there will no stopping you. So you go, ladies. Have a blast. It’s all up to you and your imagination. Let us know how you like it once you’ve tried it. Fly with it and keep creating!! Speaking of painting…I’m off to do some painting of my own.
By Sue Hulen