Hello Lovelies, Theresa here today to share a layout using mixed media! I love putting paint to paper, so today I grabbed my Gelatos, the Hello Sunshine Cut File, and my Regatta kit to have some fun!
My first steps, before I even really knew what I wanted my layout to look like, was to cut the Cut File and gather my supplies. For this layout I used Bazzill card stock called African Daisy, Faber Castell Gelatos in Tangerine, Mango, Butterscotch, and Lemon, my photo and all the goodies in the Regatta kit!
One of my favorite ways to use die cut files from the Silhouette is to trace them onto my background paper and use those as paint guides. This is the perfect cut file to paint a sunset by, so I lightly traced the lines I needed. I applied color using the Gelatos in an alternating pattern around the circle. There is enough color on the page that I only needed to color inside the lines from the cut file, and then I used water and a wide paint brush to bring the color out onto the rest of the page. You can always adjust how vibrant the colors are by adding more water, and then a little tip: use a paper towel roll to absorb the excess water from your page once you are done.
Once the colors were down and the paper was dry, then I could add the patterned paper below and layer all the fun embellishments onto the page. I layered several of the patterned papers behind the cut file, which set the tone for colors that would be repeated around the page. I am loving the reds, navy, and light blues in this kit!
My photo is one of our boys, Nick and Addison, from a trip we took to Savannah in 2013. It is so hard to believe this was already five years ago! I was completely inspired by the wood grain patterned paper as a sort of boardwalk on the page, so I layered the acrylic flip flops on top and then built an embellishment cluster from that.
I love using a variety of textures and materials in my embellishment clusters, and this kit has just the right mix of acrylic, cardstock, chipboard, rubber, and even the tiny felt bow. Oh yes, I put a red felt bow on a boy layout and it is adorable. Notice how I have used the flip flops as a directional element on the page: they lead your eye right up the page, and the splashes continue that direction up and around the sun.
For my journaling, I placed it directly underneath the photo and wrote it directly onto the woodgrain paper. Again, the flip flops create an easy place to put the words, and this page becomes asymetrical. Photo + words on one side lower, cut file + paint on the opposite side top. This is a page design that I repeat over and over again. I encourage you to try it!
To repeat these awesome colors on the page again, I layered the photo on top of a few of the patterned papers. The photo needed a little something to help it pop off the background, so I began with the type, and then a tiny bit of red polka dot. Whenever I layer papers like this I use my regular scissors and start with the photo, cut around it, and then add pieces underneath that. Also, the red again balances with the red I used behind the cut file.
What a fun kit to work with, and such a fun result. Thank you for joining me today! Are you using your Regatta kit too? Please be sure to share with us, we would love to see!