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Another mixed media project

Hello all! This post is being written from the lovely Ratley, the village where my in laws live, as we’ve come to spend a few days.

Today I wanted to talk about a new mixed media project that I have started. I took inspiration from these two layouts, and somehow I want to combine them both into one:

lets-do-this-again1  collectbeautifulmoments

Basically I want to take the design on the right (popped up smaller square in the middle of a 12×12, with elements underneath) but use watercolour as well as cut out elements underneath the the popped up square.

This project is going to be unique as well because I am going to scrapbook about ME! I made a page with a photo of me for National Scrapbooking Week back in May, and I have a page with Jon and me from back in the day, pre-kids. But other than those two, there aren’t any photos/layouts of just ME!

As I didn’t have any watercolours, I had to pop into hobbycraft and buy a set, as you have to 🙂 I am quite pleased with it, as it has got plenty of shades.

So, so far, I have cut lots of small flowers to use as the elements popping out of underneath the central square. I cut tons, but I am not sure I am going to use them all. I may end up only using a third of them! I will have to play and see what quantity looks better:

Flower elements

To the left of the photos are the watercolours that I originally chose to go with the flowers. The photo of me that I am going to use on the layout is in black and white so I am happy that these colours are not going to clash with the photo.

And here is the watercolour applied to the cardstock (previously primed with with gesso):

watercolour background

At the beginning I wasn’t sure about it… I thought the watercolour had gone a bit too over the place, however the more I look at it, the more I like it, so I am sure it will be fine in the end.

And this is all I have got for now! I still have to print the photo and I want to either type or print the journalling, which most probably will be hidden behind the photo in a tag of some sort.

I can’t wait to get it finished! It’s been in this half-done state for far too long 🙂

Mixed media

The latest craze (for me, that is… as this has been around for a long time) is Mixed Media. With mixed media you use other products rather than just paper and paper based embellishments in your scrapbooking layouts. It’s all about inks, and paints, and paste, etc.

So after binge watching lots of mixed media scrapbookers on youtube lately, I decided it was time for me to give it a go. Off I went to Hobbycraft (I was going anyway for other stuff… or that’s what I want to believe) and I bought some basics:

  • Acrylic Gesso: this is a primer for your cardstock base. You can add ink, watercolours, paint, etc, without ruining the cardstock/paper.
  • Modelling paste: As the name says, this is a “relief” paste. You can use it on its own or you can mix it with other paint or ink sprays to create your own colour.
  • Shimmer mister in turquoise: This is very similar to the Heidi Swapp Colour Shines that I already own, however, I didn’t have anything in a blue-ish shade, so I got this gorgeous turquoise colour.

I also got a palette knife and a little tray for mixing colours.

I am currently having a play with all the items that I bought. I am sure it’s going to take me a few goes before I get the hang of it and I achieve the desired results. I am making a video as I go along. It’s taking a while because you have to wait for everything to dry: wait for the gesso to dry, wait for the ink to dry, wait for the modelling past to harden, etc.

So once I’ve finished this layout, I promise to upload it so we can have a laugh about it!

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