Hello Lovelies, it's Theresa here to share a mixed media layout I have created. I am working with the October Gather kit, which contains elements and papers from one of my favorite collections this year, Pink Paislee's Auburn Lane. Here is the layout I am sharing today.
This layout was quite a process, and in the end I relied heavily on my most favorite mixed media tool, gesso. I began with a black and white patterned paper from the kit, pink solid card stock, gesso, modeling paste (both Liquitex brand), a floral stencil (Dear Lizzy), and of course my photo and other embellishments.
I used my stencil to lay down a floral background on top of the patterned paper, using the modeling paste. This one is a gel paste and I love how light and easy it is to use. I also painted some of the gesso onto the patterned paper, so there was a transition between the stencil and the black and white. Once it fully dried I had this.
Now, I absolutely love color and at this stage I decided to add watercolors to the stenciled image. I take a very wet paint brush and start with the lightest color first. Let the colors flow in and out and through all the cracks and crevices left by the stencil and see what happens!
At this point it's really pretty, but the alphabets and photo got a little lost when I tried to place them on top. So I pulled my favorite trick, whenever the background is a little too much: gesso. I added another full layer of gesso right over top of all of it. Gesso has this magical quality that allows colors to show through just a bit, and it makes a busy background perfect.
Once all that was dry, I added my photo plus embellishments to complete the layout. My photo is of our daughter Natalie, who is age 11 and went into middle school this year. I did a mini photo session with all four of our kids right before school began, and this is one of the candid photos. She looks so pretty and her pink shorts tie in perfectly with the pinks in the kit!
My title also evolved a bit as I created the layout. All together the title reads: I will always love her and her beautiful heart.
As I was adding my embellishments to the page, I layered the photo on top of the grid papers and library cards that were in the Gather kit. I also added some of the florals and hearts and the adorable houses from the embellishment pack, and I stuck down the Beautiful sticker.
The title is the working design element in this layout because now it moves your eye from the upper left hand corner down and across to the bottom right. It also serves as my journaling for this layout. Here is one more look at the full layout for you.
Thank you so much for joining me on a mixed media journey today! I hope this inspires you as you receive your kits this month. Be sure to share your projects with us, we would love to see what you are making as well. Use #cliquekits. See you again soon!