There once was a girl named Emily who used to play with all sorts of art supplies, she was a fine little artist. Then she grew up, got kind of busy and stopped thinking she was an artist. She found scrapbooking and was able to fill the need to be creative through paper and glue. She was a very tidy scrapper, she never put anything wet or messy on her pages because it might mess things up and that is no bueno. She was happy this way. Then she met a new friend named Ronda. Ronda is a scrapbooker as well, but she takes all those messy things that the little girl used to play with and *GASP* uses them on her scrapbook pages! She's really more a mixed media artist that happens to scrapbook. She adds such lovely layers of paint and ink and goo to her pages that when Emily would go over to her house to play, Emily began to miss those days of getting messy. Emily wondered if she could do what Ronda did, but in her own style. Ronda was an encouraging friend, and although Emily still has a long way to go, she has started getting messy again. Last year, Ronda wrote a book about getting messy, Emily got to see lots of the ideas in progress, and well, Emily now has lots of tools to help her add messy *GASP again* to her scrapbooking pages. And this is NOT the end. See? I splattered AND filled in the stamped letters with paint. Go me.
Can you relate? I am a simple scrapbooker. I've flirted with other styles and added bits and pieces of them to my own look, but at the heart of the matter, I'm still a simple scrapbooker. And I'm OK with that. But there are times I would love to be a bit more artsy, just because I gravitate toward that look. I LIKE the idea of paint splats all over a page, being able to mist or ink a page and let it go (I fret), getting gooey with gesso and moulding/molding paste, but in my self-imposed rule world, I had a hard time adding them to my creative tool box. But since I met Ronda and had a few other eye-opening experiences with artsy friends, I've started adding these elements to my scrapbooking, and I have to admit, it's been fun. I add them in ways that stay true to my style, but that still gives me a chance to have the products around and play with them in a non scrapbooking way. Hang around with enough artsy people, and you it starts to rub off on you, a little bit. We'll look at that idea at the end of the week.
This week, with help from Ronda (think of her as the artsy angel on my shoulder), I am going to share ideas on how to add a bit of artsy to your own scrapbooking. Lots of examples from both me and some of the WCS collective who have also started getting messy. Maybe something you see this week will spark your imagination and encourage you to get a bit messy. And maybe not, which is OK too.
Today we're going to look at adding paint. There are numerous ways of adding paint, Ronda is really good at all of them. I am not. Ronda likes to splat and drip her paints. I've done it a few times, but it feels out of control and scary to me, the only reason I was OK with it on the page above is that I knew I wanted the paint to feel like snow. Random is OK. But it's still hard for me, so here are some other ways I make paint work for me.
Here's a couple of examples from Ronda, this first one being drips. To add these drips, Ronda loaded her paint brush and scraped it off along the top of the cardstock, like you'd scrape pancake batter off the spatula and back into the bowl, then she let them drip at will and dry. Repeat with the next color.
And this one, where she painted a stamp with some glitter paint and proceeded to stamp in different colors. I love the variegated look she got with thicker paint at the edges of the images and thinner in the middle. A stamp that looks like a splatter is an excellent way to get a little more control:
Now for a few more of my baby steps into paint on pages:
You can paint the whole background, then pull the paint off with a paper towel. For this layout, I painted over a piece of text paper because I wanted to have bits of the text showing through, but I also needed to write a lot and the text made it hard to read. I painted a thin layer of white paint, then before it dried, I rubbed a paper towel over the surface to pull off part of the piant. Make sure your paint dried COMPLETELY before you write on it. I've ruined a pen or three by not waiting long enough.
This technique lets you use a favorite paper that might be a little too loud to use otherwise, it tones it down.
You can drag paint down the page with a fake credit card, old Starbucks or Target gift card, or any other flexible but stiff card. Load the edge of the card with paint, start at the top and pull down, keeping the card at an angle so the paint is applied to the surface. It makes for a cool and irregular surface. The middle card has another technique, but we'll be looking at that tomorrow (wink, wink).
Or you can just paint directly onto the page, for this layout, I was working with a kit and I wanted to use orange, but there was no orange in the kit, so I decided to use paint to frame the glass baubles and to act as journaling lines.
Paula and Celeste have the perfect solution for flirting with this messy technique. They do it digitally with brushes! If it doesn't work, they can delete the layer. If you're wanting to learn a little more about how to use digital brushes, Celeste wrote a wonderful article on this very topic at Ella Publishing.
And I'm sure there are a few more ways you can add paint to your pages, change the color of an alphabet by painting over it is one that comes to mind. Be sure to join us tomorrow as Ronda and I look at adding inks to your pages. Here's to getting messy!