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'Moments' by Lisa Griffith

49 and Market, The Garden KitTracie ShumanComment

Hello crafty friends!
Lisa here with my second layout designed with the lovely kit 'A Rustic Spring'.

'Moments'

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This paper from the 'Tattered Garden' collection is called 'Tattered Leaves' and I really love the details in these papers and the rich dark colors. I created a small step by step of how I  create my backgrounds, it just involves a lot of layers of gessoes and paints, in this case I used the two Shimmerz Inklings in Steely Blue Eyes and Coral Reef from the Mixed Media kit.  I added some stamping with the Kaisercraft stamp and used the Crafter's Workshop stencil, both of these from the Bonus Embellishment kit.

After my background was finished, I layered on some vintage book paper, some torn up pieces from another 49 & Market paper, the 49 & Market chipboard circle and honeycomb from the Embellishment Bonus kit, some fussy cut leaves and clocks from two 13arts papers from the Bonus Paper kit and some 49 & Market flowers from the Extra Blooms kit.

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A simple tutorial on how to create a mixed media background:

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Step 1: I always choose my paper, cover it with a coat of clear gesso to prep it for all the mediums I will use, and then gather and arrange my elements so I can decide on the design, where I am going to use my paints and create the focus of my background. This helps me form a mental image in my mind that I can follow as I'm creating my page and also helps me from 'overthinking' things as I'm creating; it just allows my process to flow a lot smoother and be really enjoyable as opposed to frustrating.

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Step 2: I like to apply heavy white gesso very randomly and very messily. I love my pages to have an aged worn look, sort of like a peeling wall, and this gesso makes great textures, especially when I overheat it with my heat tool. I like to heat it up so the gesso bubbles up and cracks.

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Step 3: This step of creating the background can take a while, as I'm using my paints, more gesso and also finally stamps and a stencil to create the look I'm going for.  It can take several different layers to get to this look, so just play with it and have fun!  I apply the Inklings here with a soft round brush, letting the paint seep into the cracked gesso, and also just splashing the paint around (my favourite part). I really love those little pots of paint, you can use them with very little water to get the saturated colors or dilute them more for a more watercolor effect. I use a stamp all around the page, and then finally use some more white gesso through a stencil to add some more textures.

The last steps are glueing down my elements, the photo and the flowers, and then after that is all done I go around the page with some more paint to blend everything together. I hope this sparks some ideas in you all! My style is quite deconstructed and messy, but you could still try these steps on your background just perhaps in a bit more delicate way to get some cool mixed media textures on your background.

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See you next time,

Lisa xo

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