Hello crafty friends! Nicole here and today I'm super excited to share my first layout with Clique International! Today, I'm creating a mixed media layout with an experiment theme. I really loved the Amy Tan papers and embellishments with all the rainbows in the Clique shop, so what a better way than to create my first project with an emphasis of the "aloha leilani" paper!
For this project, I wanted to experiment with bold liquid watercolors and how they would drip on a non gessoed surface. I began using Vicki Boutin Foundation Paper that was not gessoed. I did not prep the paper in any way. I laid out my rainbow that I cut from the "aloha leilani" paper to see where I wanted my watercolor to start. I drew a pencil line to indicate where I was going to start my color and also where I wanted different colors to begin and end.
Next, I took my liquid watercolors and using a dropper I squeezed color along my pencil line in the same color order as the rainbow.
Once the color was on my paper, I moved the rainbow and started tapping my paper against my desk, using a paper towel to soak up extra color. The photo below shows one color application. I did this process twice.
After two layers of color application, this is what my page looked like. I was happy with the bold colors, the mixing of colors where they met and all of the white space.
I let all of the color dry on its own. Because the foundation paper is this and works well with mixed media, the paper did not buckle. In fact, it was nearly flat! I added my large rainbow back onto my page using foam adhesive. I then added my photo and lots of embellishments, again in color order to match my mixed media.
I absolutely LOVE how this color dried! It's bold, bright and beautiful! I think my favorite part is the combination of the watercolor and the enamel heart stickers and rhinestones that I put at the bottom of the page.
Thanks so much for stopping by the Clique today! Be sure to tag us on social media when you experiment with mixed media!