Aloha!! It's Hannah with you here today. I am using a mix of both the Main and the Traveler's Notebook Rhapsody Kit. This is the kit that keeps giving, I have made quite a few layouts and Traveler's notebook spreads at this point of the month and it feels like I still have a full kit. If you are looking for a bang for your buck this kit will not disappoint. I have been able to get a variety of different styled layouts out of my kit too.
Today I thought I would something a bit different and hopefully helpful. When I create with mixed media I will use up all the paint, ink, modeling paste, etc in a Traveler's Notebook. My thought is that one day I will go back and use these backgrounds as starting off places. It seems all the cool mixed media artists do this, so it can't be that hard for me to do , right?! The real problem is that I never go back to these backgrounds and use them.
I think some of it for me is that it isn't white. I have mentioned this white page syndrome before. I don't suffer from this at all, actually I have the opposite now, the white page inspires me because I can create anything my mind can concoct. When the background is covered with something or a busy pattern my mind goes blank. It is crazy and frustrating no matter which of these you suffer from. It really shouldn't matter whether a page starts off white or with color and a basic pattern on it.
Today I am starting off with this Traveler's Notebook background.
This background has a basic wash and then I added acrylic paint in leaf and dot like pattens. I did this background in multiple steps over a period of at least three months. No joke. The copper leaves at the top are from a pen i have and I think I did them after I was using the darker acrylic teal to make leaves. I also used a fine line bottle filled with equal parts black-navy acrylic paint and airbrush fluid medium. This makes the paint very liquid and easy to doodle with. This background really has no meaning or direction, which is why it sat untouched.
Today will be the day I turn it into something beautiful and makes sense. To do this I grabbed more mixed media products. I figure adding another layer of media can help tie the past with the present. I also want to add another color. Right now it's pretty much mostly teal, and the Rhapsody actually has this color but it also has tons of purples. I am gonna add more purple.
First I attached three strips of leftover negative cut file pieces from an old Clique Kits Cutfile. The team was challenged this month to use it. While I have part of the file on another patterned paper waiting for me to turn that into something amazing, the negative pieces were just sitting on my desk. I notice lately I tend to grab for bits of pieces leftover from other projects. Thankfully I didn't just throw them out. I used my sewing machine to attach these three strips. I love the texture sewing them gives.
I glued a few other Vicki Boutin die cuts onto the background and covered a lot of them with absorbent ground. Absorbent ground is similar to gesso, it is more transparent than gesso but works better for watercolor media. I really like absorbent ground for my mixed media projects the more and more I use it with really liquid mediums. Just like gesso it tones down the other colors on my page in certain areas. I just used my finger to rub it in because I was only wanting a little and in a few spots. Once this dried I added my color.
For this spread I really want a vibrant watercolor, so I used my prima watercolors. I really love the concentration I get with the color. I can really tone it down by adding water too. If you wanted a shimmery watercolor look you could definitely use something like a Shimmerz paints color. The shimmer won't be as translucent but you can water it down with water to get a light tone.
I added my watercolor in many different areas around my spread. I added it to the patterned paper and die cuts. I let it drip down my paper. I blotted it up in certain areas so it didn't pool around and I let it get watered down and almost clear in some areas. I added both purple and I mixed a simple teal. I let this dry, which didn't take too long, because I didn't add the watercolor all over the page. I used my heat tool when I thought it was just about dry to finish it the rest of the way. I didn't want any more paint getting on my pieces now. At this point I pulled out my absorbent ground again and added it to a couple areas I wanted a bit lighter and whiter.
Now is the fun part of building a photo cluster. A lot of my job is already done because I still have tons of big ephemera pieces and 3x4 journaling cut apart from the patterned paper in the main kit. I also added to my cluster white card stock, a white doily and teal tissue paper from my stash. I wanted my layering to be fairly tight and light. I am only using a 3x3 photo because it is a Traveler's Notebook. I also didn't really want my picture to go over the spread much. I have done this in the past and can look really cool but today I really wanted pretty much everything contained inside the page.
The 3x4 cut apart card I fussy cut the floral part and added it to the back ground. I thought about layering this on the side of my photo in the white space above my head, but after playing around I felt like this was just too much stuff hanging off the layers. It also was a bigger space around the photo then I wanted. This kind of decision is really a preference of your own eye. I hope you get to the point where you can decide for yourself what your taste is for how the layers look on your page.
I layered lots of flowers and floral die cuts on the top right and bottom left of the photo. Some of the florals I added once my photo cluster was glued down some of it was added before.
I added dimensional adhesive behind some of the die cuts. I wanted the textures of the vellum, the card stock flowers and other elements to really stand out. One way I find really helps is to have different elements at different heights and leaving a bit of space in between them so you create shadows.
This can also make your butterflies look like they are flapping or your flowers look like the moving in the breeze. It really makes the difference and can set your spreads above a flat layout.
On the left side of my photo and the left side of my Traveler's Notebook I decided to build another cluster of florals and die cuts. Since I had already added the fussy cut floral from the cut apart patterned paper, I decided to use that piece as an anchor for more die cuts and ephemera. One way I like to do is use a square and circular frame and use that as a guide or holder of my embellishments. By keeping the embellishment pieces near or contained inside to frame you can really layer pieces but have it not feel over whelming on your page or spread because it is in a small area. I made sure I tucked pieces in, used dimensional adhesive and curled the edges of my pieces to create dimension and texture.
Inside the frame I also added part of my title with the cute tile alphas from Pretty Little Studio. I only added half of the title because I didn't want to over crowd the letters but I also wanted to draw eyes back to my picture after you look at all the goodies in the the cluster.
I also made sure my frame touched the original die cut I added watercolor to at the bottom of the left side of the Traveler's Notebook. This connects the page and doesn't make my cluster and title feel like its floating in the air. I feel like it also helps highlight more of the drips and watercolor media I added to that side of the page.
I added a bit more doodling on my spread with that copper pen I have in my stash. I looks so sharp on this watercolor looking tag from Pretty Little Studio from the Traveler's Notebook Kit.
I also added some Maggie Holmes gem hearts around the top and bottom of the photo. I lined the bottom of the photo with some of the Dear Lizzy Ribbon attached with my sewing machine. I used the same zig zag pattern I used on the strips of paper to create continuity.
I really love how I was able to take a Traveler's Notebook page that had leftover bits of media into a spread with purpose and tells a story of a friendship. The Rhapsody Kit really has so many elements you can create lots of different types of layouts and tells many different types of stories with it.
Don't forget to check out the January Add Ons as well as the Valentine's Day products like Crate Paper Main Squeeze. There are some many cute pieces in that collection. We also have a ton of new Shimmerz Paints products, which are one of my favorite things to play with. They are so shimmery and and colorful. Check out the Clique Store and see if they have your favorite color!!
I can't wait to see you around in the Facebook Group this week!! I hope you stop by and share the projects you are creating this moth with your kits.