Monday 27 January 2014

GD: Pam Thorburn #2 Autumn Walk

"Hi everyone, Pam here again with another background technique for a scrapbook page, this time using stencils, paints, mists and Grunge Paste"!

This page is about a fantastic Autumn walk I did at Lochgoilhead in Scotland. For this layout I got out a selection of Autumnal coloured Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paints.

 When I start a scrapbook page I really don't ever have much of a plan. I thought for this layout I might need some autumnal coloured paper, so the first thing I did was to create some patterned paper to use. I got out a piece of old patterned scrapbook paper that I no longer loved, and changed it up by brayering over it with some Fresco Paints. I used Pumpkin Soup, Claret, and Haystack. Next I stamped and stencilled randomly across the painted paper. I figured that the paper would be pretty well covered up, so it really didn't matter what the stencilling and stamping looked like because I was really just after some autumn colour and texture. In fact, I wasn't even sure at this stage how, or even if, I would use it!

Then I began my scrapbook page in earnest! I used Kraft coloured cardstock, as it suited the Autumnal colour palette. Using Fresco Paints, in my chosen colours of Pumpkin Soup, Haystack and Claret I randomly stamped over the bottom third of the cardstock using feather stamps- Mini 97, Mini 98, and Mini 99. Again, it was ok to stamp roughly, as I just wanted to give an impression of random leaves on a forest floor-and I didn't want the impressions to be so perfect that they actually looked like feathers!

I built up some more layers, firstly by overstamping the feather stamps with a script stamp- Lin Brown ELB05. Then I got out the grunge paste and some stencils-What fun! I used a spatula to spread the paste through the stencils. I used Stencil Girls Curvy Stems along the bottom, and Mini Tiny Circles around where I intended to place my photos.

When the paste was dry I decided to colour the Grunge Paste. I replaced the stencil, and using an almost dry brush, I rubbed some Haystack Fresco Chalk paint through the holes in the stencil. 

                I then dry brushed some Claret Fresco Chalk Paint over the area.

I adhered a strip of my previously painted paper, and a piece of lace across my page on which to ground my photo. After that I made some mists by diluting Fresco Paints with water. I mixed a small amount of paint and water in a ratio of around 1 part paint to 4 parts water in a spray bottle. I held the paper vertically to get some nice drips running down the page.


Next I matted my photos onto some black card to make them 'pop' from the page, and affixed them to the background. Then I used a Sizzix die to cut some leaves from the paper I painted earlier, and adhered those to the page also.

I also die cut an oval from the painted paper, and a scalloped oval from black card using Spellbinders dies. I stamped the sentiment- Lin Brown ELB06- on the oval and matted it onto the scallop before adhering it to the page. 


Then it was time to add some embellishments. I took some Prima Wood bellies and some Prima Flowers and used the sprays and some fresco paint to change the colours to suit the page. When they were dry I adhered them along the bottom of my photos together with some metal flower embellishments.

At this stage I thought the stencilled leaves at the bottom needed something to make them pop a bit more. So I took a purple watercolour pencil and traced around the leaves, then got a small, damp paintbrush and smudged the line a little, and took a white pen and highlighted some edges of the leaves. I also flicked some of the paint-mists over the background. Finally I adhered the title. 

Here's a peek showing how the layered embellishments add dimension

So there you have it, a fun to do mixed media scrapbook page. I do hope you'll have a go at using some of these techniques.


Leandra Says: Ohhh, love the colour scheme cue taken from the photo, and how the whole piece just evolved so beautifully. The purple and white edging around the leaves was a lovely touch to make those pop, and even back at the very beginning the feather stamping was such a great way to start.

Gillian Says:Utterly divine Pam, the textures, rich warm tones and dimension = a stunning layout.

If you would like to join in this week's challenge and play along with Pam's techniques, then do link up your creativity here, and go in the draw to win some PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00, Sunday February 2nd 2014.


Helen said...

This is a fabulous page! I love the colours and the embellishments and leaves go so well with it.. gorgeous.

Craftyfield said...

Looks wonderful, sounds fun, if only I could find my mojo and get over my creative block...

pearshapedcrafting said...

Lovely Autumn colours and great inspiration to get on with my own scrapbooking!

Unknown said...

Stunning autumnal colours hunni & I love the layers! xx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous page, the colours are stunning.

Deborah Wainwright said...

This is really stunning Love it all great colours great embellishments tryely wonderful x

Carol Q said...

fabulous colours. I could be persuaded to take up scrap booking with pages like these. gorgeous layout.

Kathyk said...

Simply GLORIOUS page - love your step by step mixed media


craftimamma said...

The colours on this layout are stunning and love the layers and arrangement of elements.

Lesley Xx

PaperArtsy said...

Adore this Pam, such stunning colours, beautiful layers!

Words and Pictures said...

Really gorgeous - the colours are amazing, and those photos are beautiful too.
Alison x

Debbie said...

Love this, such great techniques and the colours are so Autumnal and wonderful.
I love my Scrapbooking and will have a go at this. Debbiex

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a great page, Pam. Fabulous use of colour and texture and techniques. Love everything about it!

Lucy x

Julie Lee said...

I love the way you took your colour and texture stimulus from these great photos. The paint effects and the stamped feathers and embellishments are lovely too. What a gorgeous way to remember a beautiful, Autumn walk. Julie Ann xx