Scrapbook Layout created for Vicki Boutin DT - HEY LOVE -
Nathalie with you to bring you a bit of inspiration using some of Vicki’s beautiful products. Everything is blooming around my place, so I wanted to add lots of those white blossoms I see on the trees to a layout, so I decided to experiment with some watercolor, gesso and art crayons.
It all started with a gessoed foundation paper; my idea was to have a column of watercolor as an anchor for this page, so I used some painter’s tape to block a vertical section of my page.
I wanted to use warm tones for this page, so I pulled yellows and pinks to create the watercolor column. This process was simple, I just used the watercolor brushes to drop watercolor and water splatters to the marked space, and then used one of the round brushes to fuse them together.
Unfortunately, the watercolor did run under the masked line (it is all based on the application of the gesso), leaving a not so straight edge. Before setting it all to dry, a bit of gold glaze was diluted with water and then sprinkled inside the watercolor column.
Next came adding all the flowers in this page, for that gesso was dragged through the flower stencil . The idea was to create an “s” shape on top of the watercolor column.
To hide a bit of the not-so-crisp lines of the watercolor, I also added some of the gesso flowers to a few sections outside of the column. Now it was time to leave the gesso to set up.
To make the flowers on the white background pop, I pulled art crayons and the stencil brush to add color to these sections. I played with the same colors used in the watercolor column. Once all the colors were applied, a baby wipe was used to buff the gesso flowers (this will take away some of the art crayons from the gesso), so that they pop from the color.
Now it was all about embellishing. I added clusters to different sections of the page, making sure that there was color in each cluster so that it contrast with the whiteness of the background.
A few paper layers from both paper pads bring color to the black and white picture, and then flower clusters from the ephemera, rub on (the images were rubbed on vellum, and then fussy cut). The little enamel dots added just help bring all the colors together.
I took advantage of the scripted ephemera words to form the title of this page, and added a few butterflies (these are watercolor stickers that have been color with diluted gold glaze) so that they create movement on the page.
The contrast in texture and color of the background is what makes this page pop. The process is simple, but focuses on a few techniques. The following video will show you how this page came together:
I really hope this inspires you to check Vicki’s amazing Mixed Media products and all her All The Good Things collection.
As always let me know if you have questions on how this came together.
Art Crayons –Warm and neutral sets-
Stencil set #3
All The Good Things collection
7x10 and 12x12 paper pad
Ephemera icons and frames