Thursday 13 February 2020

Life is a Verb ~ Layout with Sandi Clarkson

Good morning, creative friends! 
Sandi here with you today sharing my most recent layout for the 13 Arts blog.

I had been feeling inspired to work with the "B" side of Paper Birds and flowers paper, In Bloom
That yellow damask-like paper is so gorgeous! I had planned to use that along with predominately teal. But as always with the creative process, I decided to add in some areas of purple along with the teal from the Watercolor set 16 pans - set of watercolors to pull out the purple in my granddaugher's shirt. 

I also fussy cut some of the peach flowers from the In bloom Elements A4 sheet. So with the yellow, teal, purple and peach, I had to be very careful not to get a pastel Spring-y effect. I tried to accomplish that by using some more intense shades of the watercolors by not adding as much water.  At that point it was lovely but I wanted "rust" to ground it. So, taking the easy way, I sprinkled some of my brown Rainbow Color Brown and then spritzed it with water. Some areas are still powdery but actually since I like texture, that is more than fine by me!

As usual, I first coated my papers with Clear Gesso, then added some Gesso white - acrylic primer 500 ml around my focal area. I did some random stamping with brown ink using the Avril stamp A7. Next I created some texture by pushing Modeling Paste through the Stencil masks HIS TIME. This is when I began doing my color work. What I really like about our modeling paste is that it stays a bright white unless you have already mixed it with color.

Then I began adding layers to my photo with the paper elements below. I am proudest of my fussy cut blooms because it's not my favorite thing to do when I'm in the midst of a project. That is what is nice about our ephemera packs! However, fussy cutting is fun when you are just relaxing and maybe watching TV, movie or a video.

I finished with a few embellishments, some 3D balls, Ecru Sisal, rhinestones from my stash and then some splattering with my paint colors and Gesso white.

I hope you like it!

13 Arts products used: 
Paper Birds and flowers paper, In Bloom
Ecru Sisal

See you next time!

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