March 09, 2016

"Lovely" Layout

This is my newest layout titled "Lovely", and it is for the Prima PPP and the Prima BAP challenges for March, 2016.

Here is the inspiration board for the Prima Product Picks for this month:

And this month's Build-A-Page sketch is:

BAP March 2016

For my layout, I used paper from Prima's new Vintage Emporium collection, some of the collection's journal cards for the matting, and the "BE YOU TIFUL" and "you are" stickers by the photo. The flowers are from the Vintage Emporium collection also - "Verona", along with the Vintage Emporium Ephemera that I used to fill in spots around the matting and other embellishments and title.

To create the background, I used Prima's Circular Lattice stencil, Color Bloom Spray in "Cotton Candy", and Prima's clear acrylic stamp "Read to Me" with Ranger Archival ink in "Sepia" below the flowers and up toward the title. And as always, I use the homemade texture paste recipe found on Ms. Gabrielle Pollacco's blog.

Next came the fun part, since I really didn't know for sure if acrylic-paint splatters would disrupt the smooth and soft pink background - I didn't want the diluted acrylic paint to mix with the pink. To avoid the situation, I sprayed the pink area with Krylon Fixatif, let it completely air dry, then applied a coat of Liquitex Clear Gesso (I didn't know if acrylic paint would adhere to the fixatif, so I applied clear gesso over it just in case; and frankly, I get tired of trying things on a scrap paper when the result on the scrap paper isn't what happens on my actual layout).

Finally, I made the splatters on the background with Prima's new Art Alchemy acrylic paint in "Metallique Green Olive". I also used it on the Blue Fern Studios' chipboard "Chelsea Vines", and on my title "Lovely" (that I cut with my Silhouette Portrait and glued together three copies of the word with 140 lb. watercolor paper).

Side Note: Anyhow, this was the first time I have used Prima's acrylic paint - I love the metallic effect and in my opinion it has just the right amount of fluidity and thick enough for applying to larger areas. This acrylic paint is the very first acrylic paint I ever used that wasn't a generic; and wow, I do love it! It doesn't dry to my surfaces in half of a second like my generic acrylics do. (My birthday is in May - who wants to get me an early birthday present? *hehe*)

When the green splatters dried, I covered my picture and diluted Liquitex Basics Acrylic Gesso to add some splatters in white.

That's all, folks! *hehe* Thank you for visiting today.

1 comment:

  1. Very pretty! You did a great job following the Prima challenges. I really love that the photo is such a focal point on this layout.