Thursday, April 03, 2014

how to make a mixed media layout background with book pages, gesso, and crayons

Hi guys!

Today I have a short video tutorial up on how I made the background for this page, mac ready. All the little bits and pieces on the page are from my Cocoa Daisy kits, but the background is a super easy DIY mixed media piece made with just a few basic supplies.
This background took all of five minutes to make... so so super easy and I just love the effect of the layered book pages and gesso and the crayon-y goodness. This is a technique I've used on lots of pages because it is so easy, impossible to mess up and looks different every time.

All you need is a piece of cardstock, gesso, book pages, and something to add some colour -- I used Caran d'Ache artist crayons, but gelatos, watercolour paints, watercolour pencils, PanPastels, or mists all work really well too.

The water-soluble Caran d'Ache Neocolor II wax pastels I used: Purple, Salmon, Pink, Carmine.


 (Products used: American Crafts white cardstock; Liquitex gesso; Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons 30 pack and 15 pack; Studio Calico Lemon Lush gold dipped die cut leaves; October Afternoon Daily Flash Partly Cloudy cloud chipboard; WRMK gold sentiment sheer metallic vellum; Studio Calico Lemon Lush vellum die cut labels; Teresa Collins We Are Family pink sequins; Panda Eight hello sunshine flair; Cocoa Daisy April 2014 kit Hint of Sunshine.)

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7 comments:

Laura said...

Love this! Will have to try and play with some book pages soon...

cristi wuenschel said...

love the background and the page!

Jill said...

Oh, wow -- thanks for this!

Fresh Delight said...

I love love the paint on your layout, it looks so artsy! Well done!

artfulscrapbooking said...

What a wonderful technique!! I love it! :)

Sherry C said...

I love the book paper technique of tearing it off to leave little bits showing. Pretty background and layout!

Margaret said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I I had a go....you can see my efforts at my blog http://margaretlcrawford.blogspot.com