Hi everyone! Nadia with you again today :)
Here are some projects i created with some BEAUTIFUL collections from 7 Dots Studio!
The first one is with Domestic Goddess which is available at the store HERE
Having 3 girls I am always drawn to using soft colours . But that quickly becomes boring for someone like me.. so every now and then I LOVE adding strong vibrant colours while still keeping the layout feminine . Messy Head is perfect for that. The neutral based papers with a hint of colour through them provide the perfect canvas for anything your heart desires :)
Once again to get the beautiful texture in my background I have used White Embossing Paste by Wendy Vecchi. This time I used my chipboard as a mask and applied it directly onto the chipboard. Cool effect!
7 Dots Studio
Messy Head - Big Words
Flowers: Prima Marketing
Texture: Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste - WHITE
Metal Bolts: Prima Marketing
Peg: Prima Marketing
Stitch Stamps: Prima Marketing
Steam-punk Chipboard: Scrap Matrix
Tissue Tape: Tim Holtz
Colour: A mixture of Prima Color Blooms, 13arts , Silks etc
Welcome to another Playdate Thursday at Flying Unicorn! For this week's PDT, I thought I would share how I like to play around with Pan Pastels.
I like using Pan Pastels for art journaling. If you like to paint or color, then you will love the advantages of Pan Pastels. They are blendable, erasable and very easy to use. The Starter Sets and Trays come with these awesome tools that are a must for easy application and I highly recommend using them.
Let's go thru a step by step process of how it was made.
What you will need:
Tools/Sponges/Q-tips/Make up sponges work also
Veramark Clear Embossing Ink/ or any other brand is fine too
Stamps of your choosing
1. For the flowers, I used a Tim Holtz die and got them ready to color
2. Using my sponge tip applicator, I colored the petals. The great thing about the sponge tips is they are easy to switch to both sides while working.
3. To form petals, Just bend using your fingers.
4. Dipping my sponge tip into the red, I can add some 'depth' to my yellow flowers. Another thing I love about Pan Pastels, is there is no contamination when you are using different colors. I can go from blue to green, to red and yellow without contaminating the colors. Although I try to keep the sponges in the same color family.
5. For my background, I first applied Clear Gesso on my paper. I found the colors stood out better..but that is just me. Using the new Prima Pin Wheel Petal Stencil. I chose to use it straight onto the paper instead of making leaves and then cutting them out. I used one of the applicators to apply the green first. I then added in some blue and blended. (Eyeshadow applicators work too!)
For my next step, I covered my leaves with some cut out paper, as I didn't want to stamp over them.
6. Using Versamark or any other clear embossing ink, cover your stamp. When ready, stamp onto your page. The Pan Pastels will act like a resist to the Versamark..or vice versa and you can then color your image.
Careful not to get any Pastel where you won't want it. I worked around the edges of my leaves and colored her an orange-red. You can do this lightly or heavy, but I suggest starting out light and working your way up to get the tone you want.
7. I then used the yellow to finish out the background and then did another light coat of orange/red. Pan Pastels blend really nice.
I thought the page needed more blending so I used a make up sponge to blend more of the colors together.
Another fun thing about Pan Pastels is you can color like you would using colored pencils or crayons. I dipped the tip of my applicator in red and started coloring her hair. I did her dress in the blue.
8. Using the Versamark again, I used a flower stamp, turned it upside down and stamped along the top edge to make it look more like vines/hanging flowers. Using the green Pan Pastel and a small tip applicator I colored it in.
9. I stamped some Versamark on the word stamps, and did the same technique using a Q-tip. Works nicely with smaller areas!!
One more thing that I really like..and there are many..is that once the Pan Pastels are on..they are on. They stay put. It's like paint in a dry cake like pan. I love it. Now you can seal Pan Pastels by spraying with a matte finish spray, but I don't. I have never needed to. But I suppose if you're working with other mixed media materials, you may want to do that.
I hope you give Pan Pastels a try! They really are FUN!!! Do some trial techniques on scratch paper before you begin so you can get the feel of the tools, how it covers..etc.
|PETALOO - TEXTURED ELEMENTS|
|TAGS - PRIMA|
|TAILGATE MARKED - RIDDERSHOLM|
|BECKY - JULIE NUTTING FOR PRIMA|
|MANORHOUSE CREATION - VINES|
|Tasha - Julie Nutting for Prima|
|Thrilling - Authentique|
|Echo Park - Apothecary|
|Echo Park - Apothecary|
|Happy Haunting - G45|
Awhile ago on the Flying Unicorn Forums we asked the members what types of tutorials they would most like to see, and several people asked for tutorials on how to salvage a mixed media background that had gone sideways. Let's face it, anyone who plays with mixed media has occasionally had a layout go off the rails. You might think that the only option is to trash the whole thing, but I hate to see hours of work go down the drain, so I tend to doggedly press on, pulling out some tried and true techniques to salvage what I've invested my time in. Let's face it, paper is cheap, and easily replaced, but time is valuable, and speaking for myself I hate wasting time.
First things first, though. If you aren't already in the practice of covering pages you are intending to use different media on with clear gesso, I can't recommend strongly enough that you start. I have a video on Worry Free Misting on the Flying Unicorn Forums to take you through the reasons for doing so in case you missed it the first time around.
One thing to keep in mind when you are debating whether to trash a layout or to continue working with it is that your background is generally a foundation. Whether you love it or hate it, it is a starting point; one that you are likely to cover up with your photo, embellies and possibly additional layers of paper. It is only a part of your whole. Creating is also a process; recently I saw a great post on Facebook about the creative process that certainly applies to me (paraphrased to keep it G-rated):
Here are some strategies for bringing a mixed media layout back into line. Every one may not work for every layout, but they give you options. Most are geared towards breaking your problem area into smaller components so it is less noticeable.
1) Add a contrasting/complementary colour. For instance, I recently had a layout where bright yellow got away from me. By adding stamping in dark blue I broke up the assault of the yellow.
2) Add neutrals: You can add black, white and/or brown. Neutrals break up the colour and give your eyes somewhere to rest.
3) Add pattern(s) - whether with masking, doodling or stamping, patterns will draw in the viewer's eye and break up the "mistake".
4) Add in more of your problem. It sounds counter-intuitive, but a big splotch of a mistake on one part of your layout will stand out. Although it's hard to do, adding in additional splotches will help the one mistake not to stand out. You're working on correcting your "mistake", and you will apply the same treatments to any additional spots you add.
5) Add splatters. Splatters can be black, white or any colour(s) of your choosing. Black and white serve to add some neutral, whereas adding splatters of colour can help your colour choice look deliberate, even if it was originally a mistake.
6) Add paper layers. By strategically placing your layers and photo you can hide the worst of your problem area.
7) Add embellishments.
8) Select a photo that complements your background. Depending on the colours you've used on you background you may need to change your photo (or print it in black and white).
Generally when I have to salvage a layout it is already "ruined" when I start the process. For the purpose of this tutorial, I created a background, and then systematically set about ruining it (and then making it even worse). It was a very strange journey for me, but again, I am too stubborn to give up midway through, and I think I pulled it off in the end. It might not be my all-time favourite layout, but it's good enough, and sometimes that's okay.
Alright, so let's dive into it! Here's the background I started with (it is covered with clear gesso, but I resisted the urge to give it the full wipe down).
First misstep - I added copious amounts of red/pink misting (I think it looks a bit like I bled all over my layout - ick!)
Okay, so generally I would stop here and start trying to salvage the layout LOL, but for your benefit, I made it worse. Why not add some blue to the mix?
It's looking pretty bad now. Let's try to start putting it back together!
First off, I added in some black, with a stencil and Distress Ink so that I could fade out the pattern at the end. Because Distress Ink is water-reactive, I then sealed the background with Workable Fixative - there's no going back now!
Next I added in some white, using a circle stencil and modelling paste.
Okay, things are starting to come together and it's looking like a bit less of a hot mess.
The next picture shows a couple steps. I added in another colour, green. I started assembling some paper layers. And I selected a photo that featured the colours I'd used in my background. The bold colours of the photo also help the lighter shades in the background fade into the background even more.
Then I added my finishing touches: splatters of blue, black and green mists, a flowering vine and some fussy cut butterflies to help break up some troublesome areas. And voila!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope I've been able to share some helpful techniques with you.
- Prima Princess collection papers
- Shimmerz mists: Caribbean Sunset, Cotton Candy, Lime In Da Coconut
- Faber-Castell Gelatos: Blueberry
- Ranger Distress Ink - Black Soot
- Prima stencil: 12x12 chevron
- 13 Arts Modeling Paste
- Heidi Swapp stencil
- Prima Chalk Edger - Rock Moss
- 13 Arts Mists: Pastel Black, Chalk Blue Light
- Prima Lady Bird Vine (565503)
- Webster's Pages Alphas
- Faber-Castell Art Journaling Pen Small
Hello Uni's and friends!
We are THRILLED that our Septemeber Guest Desinger is the seriously talented and very sweet Gabrielle Pollacco!!!! Yes! Gabi is joining us once again at Flying Unicorn to share her creativity and inspiration using our upcoming September Kit. We can't hardly wait to see what she will create!!
A little bit about Gabi:
Hi, my name is Gabrielle Pollacco and being creative is what keeps me happy! I've been scrapbooking for many years now and have had the privilege of being on a number of awesome manufacturing and magazine design teams. When I was in school I majored in commercial arts and later on worked for a trade show display company as a project manager. When my girls were little I started to get into scrapbooking, and I haven't looked back since. Over the years my work has evolved, and while I would describe my work as 'vintage/shabby-chic', I've been dabbling more and more in mixed media's over the years. I'm honored to do another guest design month for the Flying Unicorn, their kit's are fabulous (and I just LOVE their sketches!!) xo
Are you as excited as we are?! Then don't forget to look for Gabi's amazing creations on reveal day!! Reveal day for September will be August 31! Just follow the links below on reveal day to see some amazing creations from Gabi and the rest of the Creative Team!
See you on Reveal Day!!
Good Morning to you all,
I am back again to share with you a layout I created using some very gorgeous 13 Arts papers from the new Fly Away collection which you can find HERE.
I have also teamed it up with a stunning piece of 13 Arts Doiley chipboard. Don't be afraid to cut your chipboard up...here I have cut the doiley into 4 pieces to create a circular flow to my layout.
I have painted the chipboard with 13 Arts Gesso layering it on my base and then then on my photo.
I have added some beautiful Prima and Petaloo flowers to my doiley cluster along with some Flying Unicorn metal adornments. The title of my layout is also from 13 Arts...its is part of the Word Accents set.
Once I had this all in place, I added lots of mediums for further enhancement. I have used on my chipboard, Prima Color Bloom spray in Soft Teal, Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Shots in Medieval Gold and Gecko Green. For some final touches and some sparkle I used some Shimmerz Blingz in Gold Glimmer.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Till next time...
Products from the Flying Unicorn Store:
(Please note, some of these items may no longer be in stock)
13 Arts Papers - Fly Away
13 Arts Gesso
13 Arts Modelling Paste
Crafters Workshop Stencil
13 Arts Chipboard - Doiley and Word
Flying Unicorn Metal Adornments
Flying Unicorn Lace
Prima Seashore Flowers
Prima Crochet Embellishment
Prima Shabby Chic Angel
Prima Color Bloom Spray - Soft Teal
Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Shots - Medieval Gold, Gecko Green
Shimmerz Blingz - Gold Glimmer