Today’s tutorial, is about adding paint and stitching to your layouts.
I posted this layout a couple of days ago (click for more ), and here are some photos explaining how it all came together.
Inspiration for this layout, came from here, (pinned here). I loved the yellow!
As soon as I placed the photo on the yellow patterned paper, I could see that pinks and purples popped off the page. I liked that
First, I started by printing my photo, it was supposed to be a 8 by 10 photo and fit the page entirely, but this was the first time I tried printing at home, and for some reason a part of the photo was not true to color. Rather than reprint it, I just chopped the photo, and decided to add a collage like design at the bottom of the layout. (which turned out to be the best idea ever!)
I loved the pieced flower in the inspiration photos, so I quickly sketched one onto the yellow paper. I also chose a glassine bag, and some strips of paper for the layout.
Now I added the paint strokes. I know many of you arent really comfortable adding paint, I totally understand that. For the life of me, I cannot mist my layouts. It never looks good, and I end up wasting hours just staring at my layouts, and telling myself it looks horrible. But paint, I am very comfortable with. And I can give you a few pointers here.
I generally use paint to areas I want to define, add a shadow or highlight. Dip your brush in paint, and immediately wipe your brush almost clean. The brush will still have a little paint in it, but will be almost dry, and that will give beautiful depth to your brush strokes. Add little first, and it will dry in a minute, and then another layer on top. This way, you wont get a dark harsh color.
The stitching on this layout was all random lines, some zig zags some not. I used my sewing machine, because I love it!
For the flower, I used two papers– the yellow one and also the packaging cream tissue-like paper that came in my Studio Calico box…
Adhere petals, to form a flower (I used a craft glue stick, archival safe one, instead of a tape runner)
For the title, I wrote the word “little” multiple times on a waste piece of paper, till I had the right size. I then held it over the photo and pierced holes through both the layers. Makes it so much easier to stitch! I also added a straight line of stitching under the sticker alphas…
And just for you, I scanned my hand written “little” word, along with the paper piercing so you can download and print it and use it on a layotu of your own if you wish. You could use to make titles “little girl” “little boy” “little bundle of joy” “little joy” etc.
Last step was to print my journaling and cut it into strips and adhere into place. Add some punched shapes and its done