Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Today I would like to share with you a couple of new layouts I recently completed.  
The first one is a beach layout using some very basic mixed media techniques.  

For the background I chose a rustic wood paper that I have had for some time.  I painted a coat of clear gesso over the paper to seal it.  Some papers are very porous and when you spray or use a water-based item it can soak into the paper quickly which limits how much you can blend.
I then painted a thin watered down coat of gesso over the centre area and outwards to the outside edges.  Using a diamond patterned stencil, I stencilled moulding paste onto the outer areas around where the picture will go.  I then sprayed using Prima's  "Sunshine" mist, then lightly with Prima's "Sorbet" mist.  These two colours were the same colours you see in the towel.  When the entire surface was completely dry,  using a sponge, I  lightly dabbed white gesso around the outer areas to give more texture but making sure that I did not completely cover over the sprays.
Next I painted the chipboard frame using white gesso then I heat embossed white embossing powder over the surface.  For the chipboard lattice pieces I dabbed white gesso here and there keeping some of the natural colour showing through.  I put my picture into the frame and then I placed some pieces of scrap paper at the upper left corner and bottom right corner of the frame.  Using pop dots I adhered the frame to the layout in the centre.  I tucked a piece of the lattice chipboard at the top and the bottom of the frame.  After I added my flowers, I took some Finnibair glass beads in the "butter" colour and glued them in and around the flowers and onto the large yellow flower.
Below is a picture of the yellow flower to show you how the glass beads adds a little glitter .  I also brushed on some white gesso onto the flower petals to help blend them with the frame.

My next layout is very simple as the background paper is bold but pretty.  I first stencilled texture paste onto the background paper using the Tim Holtz  speckled stencil.  I wanted to break up some of the bold pink.  I then cut a piece of paper (6" x 8") from the Prima "Ephiphany" collection and two other pieces with the decorative black scrolls on it from the same paper.  I made a paper collage for behind my picture.  I added a die cut doilie to the upper right corner and bottom left side of the paper collage.  In my stash I had a wood doll cutout from the  Prima "Julie Nutting" collection.  I painted the clothes and hair to match my two beautiful granddaughters in the picture.   Using pop dots I added it to the layout, added some chipboard flourishes which I painted black, and a few flowers.
Here is close-up of the painted wood doll.  I think it is adorable and goes along with the theme of the picture.

That is it for now.  Until next time
This is Donna wishing you a great day and


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