Thursday 23 November 2017

"Believe in You" by Gwen Wruck

Hi Creative Friends,

By now you will all know I have quite the love affair with pink and mint so when I saw this pattern paper collection with the addition of Yellow, I knew it was time to pull out my Sunshine Colour Blast!  Oh, such a happy colour to document these sweet selfies of me and my little Miss.

As I mentioned above, this page was all about the colours first,  I really do love this combo of Colour Shimmer Cubes in SunshinePunchLipstick and Envy and they were the perfect match to the pattern papers I had in mind.  Aren't they pretty!!

For this page, I really wanted to work with some florals with the idea to have a large one as a centre feature on my page.  I wasn't completely sure where this idea would take me, so went about die cutting a stack in different sizes of florals and leaves all on white cardstock on my Silhouette.  Next, it was time to colour them.  I began with the packaging technique to get coverage as a first layer, and then went about adding more colour with splatters, tone on tone, and a paintbrush.  I've added these while the base of colour was still wet.  I did not want the splatters to sit on top of the background but bleed and blend in instead, this way, you get a pretty watercolour effect.

I used Envy for the leaves and simply painted that on with a paintbrush.  For the florals, I've used a combination of Lipstick and Punch.  I was careful to make the colour uneven, I wanted a water-colour look, not perfect coverage.  I've also darkened sections of the floral for interest, by adding extra colour with a paintbrush.

Next, it was time to work on my background.  Once I had sorted out a basic plan for the design of the page, I knew where my large floral piece would be placed.  From there, I went about very lightly drawing around it with a pencil.  Next, I took my paintbrush and loosely painted over my pencil marks, working along the outer edge.  Again, I wasn't after a perfect shape just a soft whimsy outline.  It certainly does not have to be perfect and in fact, I think it looks better when it's not!

Now was the time for adding splatters.  Lots of them, one colour at a time allowing each to dry in between to avoid them blending into each other.  I just kept on splattering with my paintbrush until I was happy with the coverage.

Below you can see how all the colours look together.  I just love the pop of the yellow in the Sunshine.

Now all of the mixed media elements were ready, it was time to assemble my page.  First, I locked in the position of my paper layers, my photos and the large flower.  I placed it so that you could see the edge of the drawn flower on my background poking through, it's subtle, but I love it. 

I then went about adding the other floral and leaf pieces to create clusters.  I was sure not to stick the entire piece down, I love how the edges are a little curled up from the mixed media.  It adds such a pretty element to your page.

Here you can see the pretty splatters sticking out from the edges of all my layers.  They really do soften everything so nicely.

I give this project a "mess level" of Low
A paintbrush and some packaging and you are good to go!  The pots of Shimmer keep all your colour contained and adding your mixed media to die cut pieces makes for a clean feel to your design.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope this page inspires you to paint yourself some pretty die cut florals, I really had fun doing this!


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