Hello everyone, it’s Zinia (aka Abstract Inspiration) and today I’d like to share with you a really fun mixed media layout I created using Amy’s On a Whim collection.
I am completely obsessed with the donut thickers that come in this collection since the very first time I saw them. They are such a genius idea, especially the bitten ones. So I wanted to create a page and use a lot of them.
What I decided to do is to use my watercolors and paint four strips with colors that coordinated with the donut thickers. I tested my mixes on a scrap piece of paper until I was happy with the shades and then I loosely added some color on the page. To help my watercolors flow better, I brushed the area with some clean water before I go in with the colors.
Once everything was dry, I used the thickers and scattered a bunch of them over the colored areas. I mostly used the numbers that came in the pack cause I didn’t want to run out of any letters. This technique can be a great way to use up your leftover thickers once you finish your vowels and can’t make more words.
To embellish the page I kept everything as color coordinated as possible. I picked some blue and pink patterns that matched the colors of the thickers but since I couldn’t find a lot of brown elements, I mixed in some black and white designs to act as neutrals.
I used a few ephemera pieces and stickers to fill in some gaps and make my cluster look interesting.
To balance the design, I added some strips of washi tape at the top again trying to keep everything in the same color pallete and order.
This is a great technique to use if you are a beginner in mixed media or you just want to have some fun with your paints. You can actually use any type of paint you want like acrylic paints, crayons, even colored pencils.
I really hope you enjoyed it and got inspired to create something beautiful.
Thanks so much for sharing this clever and colorful layout, Zinia! Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop ON A WHIM now! Check your local retailer and online at Simon Says Stamp and Scrapbook.com
Here is a list of products used in this layout:
378725 On a Whim 12x12 Pattern Paper - Tropical Paradise | 378724 On a Whim 12x12 Pattern Paper - Friends | 378729 On a Whim 12x12 Pattern Paper - Let’s Dance | 378738 On a Whim 12x12 Pattern Paper - Paradise | 378744 ON A WHIM 6x6 PAD | 378745 On a Whim THICKERS Donut Worry | 378746 On a Whim THICKERS LOL | 378749 On a Whim ACCENT & PHRASE STICKERS | 378748 On a Whim STICKER BOOK | 378747 On a Whim WASHI TAPE PACK | 378750 On a Whim EPHEMERA | 376226 Oh Happy Life MINI WASHI TAPE | Better Together WASHI TAPE PACK
Jane Davenport Watercolors – Brights | Jane Davenport Watercolors - Neutrals