Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Simple Watercolour Tutorial - By Heather

Hello and welcome back to Off The Rails!
It's Heather McMahon here with you today and I've had fun with this month's mood board. I've found myself enjoying creating simpler layouts sometimes lately. I enjoy the fact that I can show off one or two features - plus my photo!

Here's the mood board for June. At first I found the colours a bit daunting as they're not colours I would normally put together, however I soon realised that the tan colour could be interpreted as bronze and suddenly it all worked!

I was influenced by the colours of course, but also the concept of family as indicated by the paper dolls.

Here's my layout:

See what I mean about simple but effective? I feel that there is enough interest on this page to catch your eye but the focus is still on the photo.

Here's how I made it:

Step 1

Mix some watercolours with water and brush randomly onto the paper behind the photo. Flcik some extra bits around the area. Dry with a heat gun.

Step 2

Repeat with a second colour, ensuring the first colour is completely dry. Dry with a heat gun again.

Step 3

On a scrap piece of paper, paint the chipboard title with Pebeo Iridescent Copper paint then add copper Tinby Designs Metallic Melts to just the second word. Heat the Melts.

Step 4

Staple a vine in place. I used one that I had previously pulled the flowers off for another project.

Step 5

Add stamping, focusing on the area below and above the photo, plus some washi arrows.

Step 6

Add flowers to the vine and some copper-painted diamonds to the background. Add the journaling along the long edge opposite the photo.

Happy scrappin'!