There are so many beautiful layouts at the moment that have beautiful painted and textured backgrounds and I have tried a few times to replicate them (without much success), I really don't like to get all messy... I like it to be controlled... Then I left a comment on Kim Price's blog about her gorgeous backgrounds and she was amazingly kind enough to send me an email with some tips on how to do it, and after taking a look at her tutorials and some others on Youtube I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go, and while it is by no stretch of the imagination great I am pretty happy with the outcome.
My whole process of scrapbooking is - that the layout starts with a spark from somewhere, photos, quote, story, paper, colours or whatever and then I just roll with it from there until I am happy and I thought the whole painted background thing would be the same... NOOOOOO! But more about that just now... For now here is my layout.
This layout is for three challenges.... YES! It is... first of all for the blue, green and white challenge at Scrap Africa and I had this idea that I wanted a kind of watercolour soft background which kind of took on a life of its own... and also for Erica's challenge 168 over at Let's Scrap, which is to use a number (at least 4) of her listed mediums on one layout...Inks, distress stains, paint, texture paint, mists, stamping and stickles. I used 5 of the 7. Then lastly for the http://berry71bleu.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-challenge-get-creative-with.html - textile challenge which is to use any kind of textiles on your layout... I used - lace, dry wall tape, silk flowers and ribbon...I am beginning to wonder if the universe is trying to send me a message about mixed media. :)
My journaling (on the back of the layout) says...
Each and every day I am reminded that 'today' is a gift and that it should be enjoyed and celebrated, it is in the clear blue skies and the rising temperatures that signal spring. The birds that spend all day in the fever tree singing their hearts out. The new buds forming on the trees and the waft of Jasmine outside my studio door. The frantic greeting I get from my dogs even when I just go outside to my car and come back in. The look on my hubby's face when he sees me, when I know that my friends heart is still breaking because she will never see her man again. The fact that someone lets you into traffic when you are in a hurry and the that I don't have to beg for food or money to survive, because I have enough. The roof over my head and the fact that I don't have to walk everywhere because I have a car. That I get to play in my studio every day while there are people out there working two jobs to provide for their families. That I get to notice the beautiful things around me like the display in the photo because I am not bogged down by seemingly insurmountable problems. AND... for all of this and more I am truly grateful.
So first of all I started of with a piece of white cardstock which I completely covered with gesso. I then used my Tim Holtz Distress Paints in Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire - which looks blue but on the paper looked more purple :( Now firstly these paints didn't go on as smoothly or blend as easily as they seem to on tutorials and I am not sure if that is because this was a bigger piece of paper but anyway... Once it was all on and blended... (very roughly in some places) I dried it all off and I thought it was just too dark and in your face so I went over it all with a light coat of gesso.. Yay! It was looking better. I then spritzed it with a perfect pearls mix in turquoise and green.
I used my new Kaiser Craft stencil with plain gesso, and dried that. By now my cardstock was so warped that I covered the back with strips of double sided tape and taped it onto the piece of card board that came with the stencil. This pulled it all perfectly flat again, and all you have to do is trim it to size...Then came the stamping... I stamped the first image in the top left corner against the edge and then again on the bottom right edge... I stamped the same image onto a piece of the stripe paper and cut the butterflies out. So, because the background blue looked a bit purple I used this paper which matched perfectly for the layout.. You can see my quote stamped on here too it says: Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a present...
I added some washi tape arrows, blue sprigs and music. I also added some strips of dry wall tape.
I added the butterflies that I had stamped and cut out onto the striped paper onto the stamped butterflies to give a 3D effect. Then I finished off by adding some flowers, some brads and my title. I then swiped all of it with gesso to distress a bit more.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment. It really makes my day to read what you have to say. :D