Today’s layout is a fun mixed media project designed by our new design team member, Pam!
(Pro tip: If you like the sewn border look but are the same level as me when it comes to the sewing machine- as in, have never touched one before >_< -then the technique Pam has used is perfect for you! Just use a thin black pen to draw in the lines yourself!)
Pam has used a bunch of different techniques on her layout this month. Here’s a peek at the cluster from the first page:
For the base of the cluster, Pam used a black acrylic paint. This helps the cluster pop off of the page and pulls it together from top to bottom. If you look close, you can also see that she has added a texture below the paint. There are a couple ways you can do this:
- Stencil with gesso and then paint over it after it dries.
- Rice paper! you can crumple rice paper and then glue it down still a bit crumpled. Paint over after it dries.
- Black gesso. You can use a thick gesso first to make the textured areas, and then water it down to get the translucent effect you can see on Pam’s layout.
For the actual cluster, Pam layered ripped, cut, and fussy cut papers. I love how she decided to colour some of the flowers and leave others black and white. It adds more variation to her cluster and adds to the mixed media look. She has also added some paint splatters behind the flowers floating between the clusters on each of her two pages.
For the cluster on the second page, Pam left the colours comparatively simple, and added a white gesso, which makes photo here pop. If the cluster was as clourful as the cluster on the first page, the photo could easily get lost (especially since the photo colours are quite muted). Since there is such a contrast, I think it actually makes the photo pop more!
These little flowers are tooooo cute! Pam also used glossy accents to add some shine to the flowers, and even doodled some extra flowers in right onto the paper to add some variation.
I’m looking forward to seeing what our new member comes up with next month!
Have a wonderful, crafty day!