Hello everyone. Today I thought I would share with you a mixed media layout I did. For my background paper I used a very old piece of Basic Grey patterned paper which has texture already on it. I'm finding that since I have been doing more and more mixed media layouts I am using up papers that have been put away for some time. So here is the layout.
I selected another piece of paper with hexagon striped pattern on it. See the strip of paper on the left edge of the layout. That is the second piece of paper. I cut a 1" strip off the edge of the background paper then I cut a strip 1 1/2" strip off the edge of the striped paper. I glued it down the left edge of the background paper making sure it measured 12" when I was done. With the rest of the striped paper I tore off random strips of paper in different lengths. I adhered these down to the background paper, longer one in the middle and shorter runs above and below this one. It is hard to see in the picture but you can see the pattern of the paper coming through. The strip on the left edge just helped to balance the page. With a spatula I painted white gesso over the paper pieces up and down then across. Don't have to be too fussy and I did not completely cover the paper with the gesso. I did it almost like a basket weave . This will give more texture.
I then selected a stencil which looks like water bubbles. Using moulding paste I applied it to the left side of the page in random spots and then again on the right side edge. When everything was dry I randomly stamped here and there with a favourite stamp and black staz-on ink. I selected a yellow, turquoise and green spray and first sprayed with the yellow, then the blue, and lastly the green. You can see in the layout picture where I sprayed the colours. I did let the green spray run a little by spritzing with water and slanting the paper so that it would run across the page. The rest was easy. I added some white cording along the right side edge of the picture, 3 die cut circles to the left of the picture and my flower sections with some cheese cloth behind them. I edged the flowers with white gesso which is another fav technique that I like. Made a couple of loopy bows and tucked them under the flowers. I also edged my picture with white gesso to help it blend into the layout.
A couple of closeups.
I hope you enjoyed. Until next time,
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