Transparently Trendy Project by Christen Hammons

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Transparencies have always made me feel a little nostalgic. Seeing them transports me right back to my eighth-grade history class where my teacher would bring everything to life with detailed photos burned into transparencies. I’ve always been fascinated by how the photos become so vivid when projected onto a screen or are placed onto a white background.

I’ve become rather minimalistic in my creative projects lately. For years, I would layer color after color, and product after product onto my work. Now, I see that less is often more. So, when these incredible transparent sheets from Angela Cartwright appeared on my desk, I knew I wanted to take the same approach.

With the school year starting, I have had back-to-school shopping on my mind. I don’t have children, and I haven’t been in school for quite some time, but I always like to update my work supplies this time of year. I’ve recently started using small notebooks to keep track of my work notes, as they’re easy to tuck into my pocket and take with me everywhere, so I decided to alter a few new ones to use.

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I can’t believe how easy this project is. It’s almost embarrassing to share how few steps are involved. Simply paint a messy wash of white acrylic paint onto a journal. Let dry thoroughly, and then staple a transparency to the journal cover. The white background makes the transparent image pop, and it’s a look I love. You can stamp onto the transparency, if desired, just be sure to use permanent ink or else it will smudge. I added a little washi tape and a word sticker for interest on one, but left the other alone.

This is such a quick and easy project; it’s hard to stop making them!

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Transparencies have always made me feel a little nostalgic. Seeing them transports me right back to my eighth-grade history class where my teacher would bring everything to life with detailed photos burned into transparencies. I’ve always been fascinated by how the photos become so vivid when projected onto a screen or are placed onto a white background.

I’ve become rather minimalistic in my creative projects lately. For years, I would layer color after color, and product after product onto my work. Now, I see that less is often more. So, when these incredible transparent sheets from Angela Cartwright appeared on my desk, I knew I wanted to take the same approach.

With the school year starting, I have had back-to-school shopping on my mind. I don’t have children, and I haven’t been in school for quite some time, but I always like to update my work supplies this time of year. I’ve recently started using small notebooks to keep track of my work notes, as they’re easy to tuck into my pocket and take with me everywhere, so I decided to alter a few new ones to use.

You Will Need:

To Make:

I can’t believe how easy this project is. It’s almost embarrassing to share how few steps are involved. Simply paint a messy wash of white acrylic paint onto a journal. Let dry thoroughly, and then staple a transparency to the journal cover. The white background makes the transparent image pop, and it’s a look I love. You can stamp onto the transparency, if desired, just be sure to use permanent ink or else it will smudge. I added a little washi tape and a word sticker for interest on one, but left the other alone.

This is such a quick and easy project; it’s hard to stop making them!

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