Monday, July 21, 2008

Adding Texture to Your LO's!

The best thing about Scrappin is the chance to "play" and experiment with different mediums! Sometimes I like to stretch my creativity with products that were not originally intended for scrapbooking. I am going to show you how you can incorporate Gel Medium and Texture Paste in your LO's!

The first technique is with Texture paste. You will also need acrylic paints (Any color), a paint brush, stencil, tape, and a palette tray.

Glob some texture paint onto your palette tray.
Add acrylic paint. (The more you add the darker the color will look.)
Mix, but don't over mix, because you want it to remain lumpy!
Use tape to tack down your stencil.
Pounce the paint onto your stencil. Don't "paint" it on or it will seep under the stencil. Again, you want it to be lumpy!
At this point it looks kind of ugly doesn't it? Don't worry! It needs to dry for a couple of hours depending on the humidity in your house!
Peel stencil carefully off. (I was very impatient and didn't let mine dry thoroughly, so mine did peel up at the ends a bit!)
Cut out each petal and flower center. (I added a button to mine. ) They are ready to use on your LO! Here is mine!
Pretty cool 'eh?!

The next technique is using Gel Medium and reinkers. For my LO, I wanted the look of water. So I chose a blue reinker.
Again, you will glop some Gel Medium on your palette tray. Squeeze a few drops of reinker.
Here I didn't overmix because I wanted the variation of the blues to stay.

I cut my cardstock into waves and started painting on my Gel Medium.
As you can see, I had some areas of light blue as well as areas of dark blue!
When it dries it will dry very shiny and "wet" looking! It was a bit difficult to take a picture so you can really see it.
I think you can see it a bit better in the close up!

If you are in the mood to play.....get out those paints and experiment!!! I hope I've inspired you to try something new!


noelmignon said...

This is really inspiring Michele! I am so lazy about doing things like this...I need to spend more time on my projects so they can look more like yours!! :) Great techniques!

Greta Adams said...

wooo hoooo girl this is fabulous!!

Greta Adams said...

and i forgot to add...i love playing in paints and mediums so you know i will be all over this sista lou!!

Michelle Lanning said...

This is awesome! I love the waves - I may have to give this a go!

Jana Eubank said...

This looks like FUN!!! Reminds me of my favorite Kindergarten activity . . . fingerpainting! LOVE all the texture and artsiness of this!

2 Worlds said...

These are great layouts!
Thanks for the tips

karen m. (akaliz) said...

ok, that is freakin' awesome!