Thursday, 20 July 2017

VIDEO Tutorial : Beginner Mixed Media A4 Layout

Hello friends,

I'm back to share my next layout for 2crafty chipboard & Colourarte for this month.

Further down is a link the video tutorial for this page.


The colours are inspired by the Words & Paintery moodboard
You have until mid August to play along.

All the chipboards were first covered with white gesso, dried and then painted over with Colourarte Vivid Ultra Metallics. The pink paint on Doodled Heart was looking very bright after painting, so Ive dabbed some white gesso to soften the colour and give a distressed look.

Gigi's flowers got the tiniest amount of twinkling H2O watercolour, for the most part they retain their white from the gesso. The title from the Fine Words Set was painted over with 3 shades of pink Vivid Ultra Metallics from Colourarte.

Can you spy 4 ways Ive used roses on this layout - decoupaged roses from an Ikea serviette, roses on pattern paper, stamped roses and chippie roses. Roses 3 ways on a kraft background is the challenge at Kraftplus challenges this month. I just couldnt resist joining in.

I hope you enjoy the video. 

Colourarte Supplies:

Vivid Ultra Metallics 
African Jade, Teal Zircon, Jasmine, Pink Azalea, Playful Peony
Twinkling H2Os 
Apple Blossom, Pink Cloud, Bashful Blue

2crafty Supplies used:

- Gigi's flowers
- Doodled heart
- Fine Word Set 2 

 Thank you for visiting today.

❤ See you soon ❤
Happy crafting 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

(VIDEO Tutorial) : 'Cool Dude' using 2crafty & Colourarte for ARTastic Challenge July 2017


Hi creative pals,

Today, I want to share one of my 2crafty chipboard & Colourarte projects this month.

The colours and shapes are inspired by this painting which is the challenge prompt at 
ARTastic Challenge blog. 
To participate, just upload a project inspired by the painting & use pen on your layout.
So, you can doodle, outline paper layers, or just use a pen to write on your layout.

All the chipboard pieces were first coated with white gesso. I stuck the Triangle clusters on the layout and then dabbed Twinkling H2Os on them using a brush; a tiny bit of yellow, a touch of blue and a dot of red. Remember to leave some white space. It brightens the colours (visual illusion).


Using foam dots between the layers of patter paper behind the photograph, makes it easy to tuck in chipboard to embelish the layout. I outlined the pattern paper layers and Cool Dude Title chipboard with a pen so the letters standout.

To balance the page while not taking the spotlight away from the Triangle Clusters, Ive used 3 pieces of Chevron Bits chipboard.

Here is the video of how this page came together. I hope you enjoy it.

Look forward to reading your comments.

Colourarte Supplies Used:
Forest Green Vivid Ultra Metallics:
Teal Zircon
Twinkling H2Os: 
Sweet Alfalfa, Daffodil, Ginger Peach, Poppy Red, Blue Bayou, Tahitian

2crafty chipboard used:
  • Chevron Bits
  • Triangle Clusters 
  • Cool Dude Title
  • Cute Cogs
  • Gears
  • Steampunk Gears Small
  • Steampunk Gears Medium 

Sunday, 2 July 2017

(Tutorial) : Beginner Mixed media Grungy Masculine Scrapbook Layout

Hello creative friends,

My project today is a grungy, masculine scrapbook layout using Colourarte's Vivid Ultra Metallics and Primary Elements Artist Pigments and 2crafty chipboard made in May as a Father's day If you are a beginner, this is an easy layout that can be completed within and hour or two including drying time.

Here is a step by step of how the page came together.

1. Start by applying clear gesso on the pattern paper. Take a closer look at the photo on the left, you can see a very thin layer of texture paste through a gears stencil.

Before adding paints and more, I like to place the photo and decide on a sketch of sorts so I know where the next layer of paints should be applied.  

2.  Stick a few of the pattern papers and wire mesh tape. Mix some Spiced Pumpkin,Majestic Blue Primary Elements Arte Pigments individually with gel medium and a tiny blob of sand texture. Mix well and apply through a stencil as below. 

After applying the paste, I placed the stencil as is and cleaned it on the pattern paper with a dry wipe. That gave the faded brown marks on the far right.

3. Dilute some Teal Zircon Vivid Ultra Metallics and using a paint brush apply around the stenciled gel paste and spray with water to move the paint around. This helps reveal the gears texture. This is the reason I gesso the entire layout before adding any medium.  I like to use water to make drips and move the paint around. Without gesso, the paper will soak up the paint and it wont move as much.

You can use a heat gun to dry the paints, but I didnt want to wake the kids with my noisy heat gun. So, I went on to prepare my embellishments while the background air dried.


4. Apply a layer of white gesso on all the 2crafty chipboard pieces using a sponge dabber and then using your fingers add some blobs of sand texture very unevenly and in a few random places on all the chip boards except the title.

Dry and then add any remaining paints from the previous steps onto the cogs. Spray some water so the paint gets into the cracks and the crevices of the sand texture so that it gets highlighted.

5. Here is a close up of the layers behind the photograph. Just cut some pattern paper, distress with the edge of your scissors, layer behind the photograph with a wire mesh tape. In between the layers, Ive glued cardboard (instead of foam dots) so that I can tuck in some chipboard pieces. Can you see the shiny paints!

6. For the title, after a layer of white gesso, only one word was painted with some Primary Elements in Spiced Pumpkin. Here is a closeup of the title. Finish off by stamping using Black Archival Ink & texture stamps from Kaisercraft & Prima.

 Another look at the layout.

🌈✨ Thank you for visiting me today 🎨
I would love to invite you to visit my youtube channel for more inspiration.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

(Tutorial) : 'Moments' Shabby Chic Scrapbook Layout

Hi crafty pals,

My first share this month is a shabby chic layout featuring a photo of my little boy. 

I think I can still get away with using pink as he is a toddler :)  
This picture was taken in our backyard one spring day but I cant remember what he was pointing to. 

 Although I didnt record every step along the way, here is a tutorial of how the page came together. Add clean water to the pots of Colourarte Twinkling H2Os : Coral Berry, Apple Blossom, Blushing Caramel, Pink Cloud, Chiffon Pink.

Prepare the background as shown and give a coat of clear gesso. Use white gesso to tone down the bright colours of the eyelets. Ive roughly torn a lace strip to thread through the eyelets.

These are Prima Marketing Rosibelle Collection pattern papers. While this dries, fussy cut flowers from pattern papers in the same collection. 

These are the 2crafty chipboard pieces used in the layout: Frame handrawn hearts, Circle Lace Panel, Leafy Silhouettes. All of them have been coated with white gesso and then white acrylic paint. Tuck in some Circle Lace Panel chipboard pieces between the layers while the gesso is wet.

Using a tiny bit of Apple Blossom, Blushing Caramel, colour some lace and tuck alongwith the chipboard.

 Apply modeling paste through a stencil.

Time to add colour to the background. The first one added was Pink Cloud. It matched the colour of the background and blended very well with the background. Dry well. Then add Coral Berry, Apple Blossom, to finish splatter some Chiffon Pink.

Edge all the papers with Blushing Caramel. Using paint to edge gives a more distressed look than ink pads.

Arrange all the paper layers behind the photograph and embellishments.

Add more of the same twinks along the egdes of the pattern paper layers and make them drip using a water spritzer. Dry. Repeat till you like the way it looks.

After all the embellishments were added, add micro-beads and glass glitter, splatter watered down gesso and stamp using black archival ink. 

The photograph chosen for the layout is inspired by this painting by Ethel Spowers titled The Kite, which is the inspiration at ARTastic Challenge Blog this month. 
Criteria is to use a photograph of children or vintage style or both. 
You have till end of the month to play along.

The lace and flowery layers are inspired by the current moodboard challenge at Mixed Media Place

& the idea of a pink layout is from the challenge See it in pink : Scrapki Wyzwaniowo

I have plenty of unblogged layouts to share this month. 
I hope you will visit me again later this week :)
 Happy long weekend (my Oz readers)hope you find some creative time.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

(Video Tutorial) : Butterfly Art Journal page using Colourarte Vivid Ultra Metallics

I've always loved butterflies.
They remind me never to lose hope........
that something very beautiful can emerge out of something that's falling apart.

So, how does one become a butterfly?

You must want to fly so much, that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.

Within you is the power to rise above any situation or struggle, and transform into the Brightest, Strongest version of you ever! 

This was the journaling that went on a piece of 4 X 4 canvas and became the background for this journal page.

Its been 3 long months of constant challenges, perseverance and steadfastness to remain positive despite odds and through this time my art journal has helped me de-stress immensely. So, when I found a bit of time, I wanted to film this page and share it with all of you.

Here is the link to the video, I hope you like it and would love to read your comments.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

(VIDEO Tutorial) : DIY Unicorn Wall Decor Canvas

Have you played alongwith Words and Paintery Challenge this month? 

The colour combination this month is my all time favourite - teal, pink and green  
and this inspiration quote
ART is a never ending dance of illusions.

So, I just couldn't resist trying my hand at painting a unicorn. I think this would make a good wall art in a little girls room :) 

The base is a 12 X 16 inches canvas. The paints used are the gorgeous and shiny Colourarte Vivid Ultra Metallics and Acrylics Silks. Most of the flowers and supplies are from a local store by name Itsy Bitsy.

I hope you enjoy the video tutorial and will take a minute to leave me a comment either here or on my video.

You have until 15th March 2017 to submit your entry for the current challenge at Words and Paintery.

--- Thank you all that visit me ---
Creative hugs,

Saturday, 15 October 2016

(VIDEO Tutorial): #ColourarteVideoHop - Mixed media scrapbooking layout - Autumn

Its almost summer here, yet, I found it so easy and inspiring to scrap about Autumn which is one of my favourite times of the year. The beautiful colors of fall, cool weather, warm dinners..... Ill have to wait another 6 months to experience that again, so why not re-live it through a layout! This is also the time of year when in India we celebrate Dusshera - a time when we choose to change ourselves and strive to see (and choose) good over bad in every aspect of our life.

Ive tried to bring this out by using a black background and a light filled photograph. The ombre leaves and colours being the journey of life through happy and difficult times and the gold to look for the bright moments in everyday through the journey of life.

Today's project is part of the first #ColourarteVideoHop this year - there are 14 amazing video tutorials for Autumn inspired projects made using Colourarte products. 
Here is the best part - 
COMMENT to WIN  (UPDATE 1/10/2016: Giveaway CLOSED)
the latest addition to the Colourarte range - Vivid Ultra Metallics of your choice. 
14 videos = 14 chances to WIN

Type #ColourarteVideoHop in the youtube search bar to find the videos
Follow the links in the description box of my video.

Happy hopping friends, I do hope you enjoy all the videos :)

Also playing alongwith the following challenges:

More than words : Change the subject of the layout, ombre leaves, title

Lulupu - Challenge #66- Bling a ding with a stamping twist! 
Ive used sequins and rhinestones for bling, stamping in the background that has been embossed.




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