Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CSI 98

I'm playing along with CSI again this week. The colour palette this time was quite a challenge to me. I'm not a huge lover of pastel colours, and certainly not of apricot yellow, or purple, both of which were in the palette this week.
Here is the challenge:
and here is my layout:
 
 
I'm sure I'm not the only woman out there who longs for time and space, peace and quiet!
 
I decided to do a mixed media background for the layout. A few weeks back I had started a layout and not been happy with how it looked in the early stages. So I put it away and did something else instead. But I came across the discarded piece it while getting materials to make this layout, and decided to use it as the base for this challenge. This is what it looked like:
 
First some texture paste through a stencil:
 
Then some mists:
I didn't like it at this stage, so that's when I discarded it.
 
 
So I worked on it some more, with acrylic paints and mists, stamps and stencils for the CSI challenge..
 
Here are some close ups of the finished layout:
 
 
 
 
 
 
So, the lesson here is, don't discard what you are not happy with-you can always change and adapt for use in different projects.
I'd love you to comment and link me to your projects where you have done a similar revamp!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tea Party

This is a layout I did for Merly Impressions a while back, and forgot to post here. This layout features the Tea Party Collection by Kaisercrafts, and what a pretty collection is too!
This photo is of my mum when she was a wee girl.
Love this photo!

 
 And some close ups:
 
 
 Stamping:
 
 Doodling:

layering:
 

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Mixed Media Layout

This is a layout that I did some time ago.
I loved making this layout-lots of messy stuff!
I also love the subtle colour palette of the page.

So here's a few photos to show the stages of making the layout. One thing I love about this style of layout is that I can use up old papers. This is an old paper from Dream Street, but once I covered it in gesso it's virtually unrecognisable. So I swiped gesso all over the paper and use a foam stamp to stamp into the wet gesso.
 
Then I misted through a grid pattern and added some strips of book page:

 
 Next came torn tissue paper and stamping:
 
Finally some burlap, photos, title, journaling and paint splats:
And that's how this layout was made!