Aloha!! It's Hannah with you here today. I am sharing a simple but fun Mixed Media layout using the main Malama March Kit with bits and pieces from the Traveler's Notebook Kit and Last months Traveler's Notebook kit. There are just sometimes when I want to do my thing, and it's been a while since I pulled out some paint and got messy then built some layers on my layout.
Here are some close ups of my layout, which is all about the color.
This month I decided to get an extra patterned paper pack, and I am so glad I did. It allowed me the chance play with paint on the patterns. When using watercolors and paints it adds another layer of dimension when you use media on a pattern. Depending on the pattern on the paper I like to mute the pattern with a white gesso or white acrylic paint. The primer allows you to be able to see the media a bit more but it also helps the media not seep into the paper and cause it to buckle as much.
It's been a while since I did the smooshing technique, which is when you use a plastic package or acrylic ink block with watercolor, thinned media or colored sprays on it and smoosh the media on the layout's background. This technique depending on the amount of liquid media you use can create a really soft look or a more intense look. I used some of my Shimmerz watercolors with lots of water and smooshed the paint on in two layers. I let the liquid dry completely in-between the second layers of the colors. I didn't want to make my colors to muddy or combined too much.
I added color on the top and bottom of the layout. I find if you pick a section to add media you can plan you photo arrangement better. If you know ahead of time the photo(s) you want to use, you can figure out the amount of space you need for your media.
On top of adding watercolor on my background, I added acrylic paint to this wood heart piece in the March Malama Kit. I wanted to achieve a dipped look on the piece so I pulled out my embossing powders and some glitter. I don't use glitter often because I am not a fan of it dropping off the layout and my projects. I have found that if I use an embossing pad first then adding glitter and embossing powder on top of the glitter and heat it, the glitter sticks better. I like to add a second coat of clear embossing oder on top of the glitter with embossing powder when it's still hot the glitter is locked onto whatever you choose to emboss it too.
Using this technique to the wood piece from the kit, really looks striking and now I don't have to worry that the glitter will end up all over my layout. Also when I add the wood piece to my layout I use a nice and strong glue. The wood piece is heavy and you really don't want it coming off your layout.
I used pieces from the February Traveler's Notebook kIt on the wood piece and also scattered under the layout with the puffy stickers from Fancy Pants Designs. I wanted to tie some of the brighter and colorful colors with the colors in the papers from the Main March Malama Kit.
I used the puffy stickers from Pink Paislee Paige Evans and the Traveler's Notebook Kit. They are small and added the right amount of embellishment.
I layered my photos with patterned paper and a frame from the ephemera pack. I added the journaling on the side of my photos with pen. I really love the look of handwritten journaling. With the mixed media I find it really adds to the homemade feel.
Machine stitching and layered die cuts and puffy stickers with enamel dots add a little cluster that isn't too busy with all the mixed media. If you are afraid of over clusting really take a few minutes to match the embellishments in your kits with your photos. In the end though use your judgement when it comes to embellishing, go with your gut. If your layout seems busy take some pieces off. If you think you will want to move things around use the powder tool or make sure you keep the sticker backing on the pieces you are using. This will give you the confidence to move things around until you are pleased with the look and flow of your spread.
Here is one final look at my layout. I added my title last to finish it off. I used a die cut to add a colored piece to the title. I also used the tile alphas from the Traveler's Notebook from February to tie in the green watercolor on the background. I used the Cooper Dear Lizzy Thickers from the Clique Kits Store in January. I love how the title brings out the colors from my photos, and the easter eggs.
Be sure to check out the Clique Kits Store for Add On's to help bring out the colors from the Main March Malama Kit. Use my code Hannah10 and you can get 10 % off the Add On's you buy and add to your kit.
Until next time, don't be afraid of color and having fun playing with watercolor techniques.