Lisa here today to share my first tutorial with you! I use watercolors on layouts quite often and thought I would share how I created my background on this layout:
Here are the steps to create this page:
1. Pick out the base of your layout. I used a sketch from Stuck!?
2. Pick out your papers, photos and embellies that will match both the photos and papers.
3. Gather your watercolors, a piece of plastic packaging, water and white cardstock:
4. Lay the photos, papers and frames on your white background and using a pencil, lightly mark where they will go:
5. I grabbed my watercolors and went to work. I decided to use the colors teal and orange on this page. I started with the color teal. Add water to the paintbrush and get teal watercolor on it. Apply this to the plastic packaging:
6. Turn it over and lay on your cardstock where you want the color and smoosh (rub) it around. Continue to do this until you are happy with the results. If you want a bigger area of color, smoosh the splotches of watercolor. For smaller areas, don't smoosh.
7. Take a folded up paper towel and soak up the excess paint. Doing this will also lighten up the color:
8. Once dry- it dries pretty fast if you use the paper towel, start with the second color and do the same as above:
9. Dry with paper towel:
10. Lay the photos, papers and frames back on and see what you think:
11. I wasn't quite happy so I added some pink spatters to it:
Once it was dry, I proceeded to finish my layout.
Here are some close ups:
I layered some embellies using glue and foam tape to add some dimension:
I backed my frames with patterned papers:
A few more fun embellies and my title. I also added some black mist spatters:
If you have watercolors in your stash, dig them out and use them! If not, you can do this technique using mists, Gelatos or even acrylic paint watered down.
I hope I have inspired you in some way!Happy Scrappin'!