Monday, March 12, 2012

Motivation Monday- fun layout

So as I stated I played around with lifting a little style from one of my new fave artists. Here is the results. I shared Finn's work with you all last week. Now I adored doing this. It was soo much fun. Took some patience for things to dry and set up the way I wanted them. But totally worth it. The only downfall I did see is depending on the neat findings you include you could find yourself doing something very expensive! I used a mix of fun bought vintage type items as well as some little findings and this and that items, so I didn't think the costs went overboard too much.

I hope this little tutorial motivates you in some way.

I'm also playing along wtih Berry71Bleu Challenges. you can check out their blog here:

I pasted my cardstock to a piece of cardboard because with how heavy and messy this gets I wanted the added durabilty.

I then used gel on the paper. I let it sit for a bit, 30 minutes or so and then placed things inside of it. This allowed things to sit well in them, yet still moveable. Think of it as putty like for tiles.

These are the pieces I included. Odds and ends and misc. findings.

NOTE to all, I put some leaves on it and regretfully so, they bled alot! Avoid at all costs or spray with a fixative first!  I covered this first with watered down gesso. In a spray bottle 3 parts gesso, 1 part water, to give it a primer. After each layer dried I used a sprayable fixative that helped alot on color bleeding.

I them took some mists to it. At first I loved it all white but then after playign with the pink I loved it more.

After all od the pink I applied more gesso on it.  To bring in more white.

Added some embellishments and the picture and this is how it looked so far.

A little Prima words and pearls and some india ink fun.


  1. Wow! That is so cool!!!

    I love this!


  2. great layout! I've never seen that technique! I may have to give it a try!

  3. Paula, check out this post, it showcase's the artist who inspired me.

  4. This would be a great technique for a framed piece!
    Thanks for sharing it

  5. A very interesting technique! Thanks for sharing & love the idea of making my own spray gesso - so going to do that!! Thanks for playing along at Berry71Bleu AGAIN!


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