Zinia's Funky Circles Layout

Hello friends! It’s Zinia here once again and today I have a really funky and somewhat artful layout to share with you today. The techniques I’m using on this page are perfect if you are a beginner in mixed media and you are intimidated to get your hands dirty.

Of course I’m using Amy’s latest collection Sunshine & Good Times which has a perfect mix of fun colors and modern patterns. The idea for this design came from the beautiful watercolor resist tags that are included in this line. I grabbed the circle tags and colored them using water-soluble art crayons by Vicki Boutin (make sure to watch the process video cause I have some more tips on coloring these tags).


To go along with the circle tags, I die cut a bunch of different circles from the pattern papers. I made sure to use different sizes of dies to have many options when I start building the design.


Before I started sticking the circles on the page, I added a thin layer of gesso on my background. You can totally skip this step if you want as we won’t do a lot of mixed media. But although priming the page is not necessary, gesso creates a nice highlight on the background that will help the rest of the design pop against the bright background.


Once the gesso is dry, I started sticking the circles on the page, overlapping them to create a fun structure. To make my page more whimsical I used a permanent marker and added some doodles around the circles. That also helped me balance the black color from the “love” circle I placed in the middle of my page.

I cut my photo into a circle to go along with the rest of the elements and stuck it close to the middle along with the beautiful puffy thickers I decided to use for my title.


You could stop here but I always like adding a finishing touch with colorful ink splatters on my layouts. I brought in some lovely pink shades of Heidi Swapp color shine and sprinkled them all around. That’s a really subtle mixed media technique you can add to your pages if you don’t want things to get messy.

That’s it! We turned a bunch of regular circles into a mixed media masterpiece in a few easy steps and without creating a mess at our workspace!


I really hope you will give this a go and experiment with your favorite mixed media supplies. Until next time, happy crafting!


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