Monday 17 September 2018

Beach Walk by Charmane Koch creating background using Mica Powders

Hello Everyone! Hope you are having a great start to your week!
Today I wanted to share with you a layout I have created using Mica Powders to create a unique background.

Firstly I have smeared a rather thick layer over the top of my thick white cardstock using a old Gift Card, which was my main "tool" creating this page, as you will see!

I have then sprinkled Polar Colour Mica Powder randomly over the page using a metal spatula while the gesso is still wet. 

Using the old store card I have scraped backwards and forwards, creating a pretty cool background. Some parts have thick Gesso and colour smeared through, other areas are thinned out. It's all about experimenting & playing until you are happy with the look of it.

I have then mixed Cool Mint Colour Mica Powder together with Gesso, creating a more consistent colour this time. I have smeared this colour through a stencil, to create another layer to my background.

I added more water to the leftover Mica & Gesso mix so that I could soak it up using a piece of muslin & also DIY embellishments - soaking up the colour, so that I use every last bit of it and so that my layout would be matching perfectly.

While these pieces dried, I have then had a play with Envy Colour Embossing Powder. I found that using the Clear Shimmer Pen was perfect to use instead of the usual Embossing Stamping Ink I usually use...

I did gesso my chipboard piece so that the colour would be more vibrant beforehand.

I made sure I tipped PLENTY of Embossing powder over the top. I had folded the piece of paper in half beforehand, so that it is easy to tip the excess back into the pot.

I have to say that I absolutely LOVE Embossing... and I must play more! Here's a closeup...

I felt that the background needed a little more, and when I spotted the cloud stencil in my stash I had to add them to my page! I've used thick Gesso. 

Once everything has dried I've added my little extras to my page to finish it off... including using a felt-tip pen to add journalling, then doodling to my clouds and then outline around the edge of my page.

I really LOVE how this layout has so much texture & layers using the mix of Mica Powder and Gesso - and the two techniques have created different effects, which makes the page so much more detailed. 

Thanks for popping by and checking out what I have created today! I hope I've inspired you to get out your Mica Powders! 

XO Charm

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