First thing I did was add some gesso, I use Liquitex BASICS Gesso, onto the book papers. I put on a layer thick enough to tone down the paper, but thin enough to still see some of the type.
Next, I grabbed some of my favorite colors of Gelatos , keeping to the same color family and started drawing all over the paper.
I then took my finger and started rubbing it in like I did with last week's mixed media tutorial, blending the colors together and filling the page with yummy color.
Last week, I had used my Silhouette Portrait and some Tim Holtz idea-ology mask sheets to cut this cut file by Shanna Noel from the Mixed Media class at Studio Calico.
I placed it on top of the page and grabbed a baby wipe and started rubbing off the Gelatos in some of the areas.
After peeling off the mask/stencil, I cut my paper into a 3"x4" rectangle because I knew that I wanted to use it in my Project Life album.
Isn't it so pretty? I could have totally kept it like this and have been happy, but I just got these Amy Tangerine Plus One wood mounted stamps and I had to play. Using, some VersaFine ink I messy stamped it a few times to intentionally look messy and then I grabbed my Pebbles roller stamp to date stamps all over it.
Note: Gelatos are water-soluble, so you will want to seal it with an acrylic matte sealer or Mod Podge before you insert it in your album or it will rub off onto the pocket or in your smash book or whatever rests on top of it. (if you use Mod Podge, be sure to dab it on instead of brushing it on, so you don't smear it)
I'm so in LOVE with this card! I actually couldn't find my can of sealer in the garage, so I put clear contact paper over the top of it and I'm going to use it as a bookmark. Reading and learning is a "happy place" for me.
So tell me, how are you liking these mixed media tutorials? Any questions or other techniques you'd like to learn? I'm seriously having so much fun putting these tutorials together and playing with my supplies.
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