Hello lovelies, it's Theresa here to share a mixed media layout with you! Our product focus for the month of June is watercolors, so I grabbed my Kuretake set and a stencil, plus my June Clique Kit called Horizon and got started!
My favorite feature of watercolors is how they flow along the page, and when you use them with stencils they make the design of the stencil pop! I began here with plain white card stock and laid down my stencil pattern using ordinary modeling paste. My favorite is Liquitex, but any brand will do beautifully. My stencil is from DecoArt #201606, and I have laid it down in a diagonal direction to lead your eye across the page.
Once the stencil is laid down, you can add your paint. You may need to gesso your page first, to get the paint to flow. I also like my watercolors to be more on the watery side, so when you turn your paper they flow beautifully around the design of the stencil. This also makes them more translucent and dimensional on your page. I typically start with the lightest colors first, because you can always go darker but you can't go lighter! On this layout I began with the reds and I laid the paint down on the flowers of the stencil, and then misted on more water and turned the page in different directions so the paint would move. You can control it somewhat, but it also layers beautifully when you begin adding other colors. The best way to approach it is to be open to an uncertain outcome and embrace how it turns out - you will be pleasantly surprised with this technique!
I also wanted a bit of shimmer on my page, so I accentuated the dots from the stencil using these shimmer paints from DecoArt and FolkArt. These are favorites of mine that I highly recommend keeping on hand! Now that my background is set, I can go about adding the photo and the embellishments.
I decided to place my photo in the center but slightly offset to the right of the layout. This photo is of me and was taken several weeks ago while we were in Savannah, GA at the Children's Museum. The museum is an outdoor museum made from an abandoned building that only has the ruins of the walls left, and the walls are just incredibly beautiful with so much texture and color and layers. I felt so inspired being in this space, and the sun was shining so beautifully, it was a perfect photo opportunity so I gave my husband the camera and asked him to take this. I am so glad I did!
My title felt right on top of the photo, and I wanted to use the glitter alphabet in the June kit, so I added a touch of patterned paper behind it. I also love the pop of black and white here. Every layout needs a bit of black! I have repeated the black and white using the washi tape, at the bottom of the layout as well.
Other little touches of black are in the flair and the journaling. Notice I also added a few paint dots and sequins around my page as well! There is so much to look at on this layout.
The ephemera pack is just divine, so I also used a few of the floral embellishments around the photo. I didn't want a lot, just a few simple pieces to repeat the colors and add more dimension to the floral stencil I already had in place. Thanks so much for joining me today! How are you using watercolors with your Horizon kit?