Sunday 3 May 2015

2015 #8 Barcelona {by Emma Godfrey.PA Signature Designer}

2015 Theme 8: Sprays

Hi everyone, Emma here, joining you this evening with a post about sprays. I've always loved using sprays - whether they're pre-made or handmade ones. In the project below I've used them in my three favourite ways - making a spray with paint, using just water in a spray, and mixing mica powder into a spray. My finished item is a pocket scrapbooking layout, but the instructions below are for the background sheet I made, which I then cut up and used in the layout.

Step One: Mix up Bougainvillea Fresco Finish paint with water in a spray bottle (I usually use 1/3 paint to 2/3 water).   Lay your stencils (PS016 & PS017) over an A4 sheet of Smoothy card, and spray liberally.  Lift the stencils off and dry the cardstock.   Don't worry too much if it's not perfect ... you just want some colour and interest on the page.

Step Two: Next I applied Distress Ink over the whole page.   I used four colours (Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers and Worn Lipstick) and the round Mini Blending Tool (I love that you get no harsh edges with this).  I applied each colour in several areas and then blended them together.

Step Three: Spray water over the page, letting it create larger drops where possible.   Leave for a few moments and then blot.    Because the Distress Inks react with water you will get this fabulous bleach like splodges.   Add more until you're happy with the effect.

Step Four: Stamp the large scribble circle (EEG07) in Jet Black Archival Ink all over the page. Then scrape Snowflake Fresco Finish paint over the top with a palette knife. Allow that to dry, and then stamp the small circle (EEG07) with the Snowflake Fresco Finish paint randomly all over the sheet.

Step Five: Draw with a water soluble pencil around some of the small white circles, and then go over the lines with a wet paint brush.    Add some dashes using a charcoal pencil.    Then unscrew the top of your  Bougainvillea spray bottle (that we  used in Step One)  and flick the tube bit over the page to add some splatter in places.

Step Six: To finish the sheet mix some Perfect Pearls mica powder into a spray bottle with some water (I used Bronze), and spray random areas of your page. Once dry, your page is ready to be cut up.

To create the layout I cut 0.25" strips and punched 1.5" circles from the decorated sheet.  I edged all the pieces with a Jet Black Archival Ink pad before sticking them onto Heavy Smoothy pieces of card with my photos.  To finish I stamped some phrases from my stamp sets (EEG01, EEG02 & EEG03) with black ink, and added glitter foam letters for my title.


I love using lots of bright colour, but I also sometimes have to go back to my Clean & Simple roots, and this layout let me do both.  I was so pleased with the way it turned out, and I still have plenty of my background sheet left to use on other projects (check out my blog in the next few weeks to see what I might do with the rest of it). I also loved using my Distress Ink Pads again.  I have to admit it's been a while since I played with them, but it was great to be able to mix them up with the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints. Hope you like the layout, and see you soon.


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Thanks Emma, this is a fabulous way to create backgrounds and embellishment details. The three techniques used really work well together. We love how those pops of colour peek though the white layer, gives it a real luminescence. 

We would love you to join in with challenge #8: Sprays If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE. 
All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Sprays link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, May 10th, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Helen said...

this is fabulous,Emma!

Clare Lloyd said...

Loving the colours. I think I may have to get my hands on one of those French stamp plates as the swirly circles stamp is ace!

Lucy Edmondson said...

I really love your colourful background sheet and your original style, Emma. The final page looks great!

Lucy x

Miriam said...

Love this - and your stamps work perfectly with the sprayed background

Julie Lee said...

I love how you've interpreted the sprays. Your stencils and stamps look fabulous! xx

JoFY said...

lovely fresh layout!

Hazel Agnew said...

Love it Emma! The bleached effect is fabulous and it is a very inspiring piece of work! Clever usual!! Xx

rachel said...

lovely work and so much detail - fabulous xx

Unknown said...

I have never seen anything like this before Emma and I think it is just amazing. The background paper is fabulous. What an inspiring creations. j.

Kirsten said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! What a fantastic scrapbook page! I LOVE the background.

Emma Godfrey said...

Thanks for the lovely comments. Glad you liked it!

Siobhan Brignull said...

fabulous layout Emma and very apt for me just got back from my first visit to Barcelona somewhere I've always wanted to visit. It was stunning as is your layout.

Becky said...

That background paper is gorgeous!! How did you bring yourself to cut into it?!? :)

craftytrog said...

Wow! I love that masterboard Emma! xxx