Thursday, 18 September 2014

Black and White with a splash of Blue

Good morning friends,

Im on the Lulupu blog today with my take on this very interesting challenge: 

Challenge #39

Black + White + a POP of one other colour
You can read the detailed post on the challenge here.  

At first I was wondering how to create an interesting layout using just 3 colours ; texture and layers came to my rescue. There is no pattern paper on this layout - just washi tape and lots of packaging material from all the texture stamps I buy :) Here is a close up 

No brownie points for guessing - the Pop colour is BLUE. Its amazing the tones of colour one can achieve from a single cake of watercolour - add water to get a subtle wash, create stains, add more colour to get av depth for splats. 

Now, include a few more items - 3d gel, stamps, gesso and washi tape and you can create this. I forgot to take pictures while creating, but here is a step by step of how gel medium was used.

 1. My base is watercolour paper. Randomly stamp Kaisercraft dictionary stamp or any other texture stamp. Lulupu has recently added some beautiful Kaisercraft texture stamps. Use Archival or Prima Resist chalk inks. These are permanent and wont react when painted over with watercolours. If however, you stamp with distress inks, it will react with the watercolour and change the original colour you are painting. (Now that gives a very cool effect too, but not what I wanted for this layout)

2. Place a stencil over the stamped area and apply 3d gel medium. Let dry completely.It dries transparent.

3. Paint over with watercolour. The gel medium will resist the paint and give a beautiful effect. The same techniques were used to create the blue tag tucked under the photos.

4. Outline some of the stenciled shapes, Stamp over the gel medium with a permanent ink or gesso.

There really isn't much more to my layout. Washi tape stuck on packaging material is the layer behind the photographs. All the die cuts have been cut out of packaging material on the Silhouette Cameo and painted with black gesso. Finally, black glass glitter and sequins added using matt multi medium. 

If you have never used watercolours before, do give it a go. I bought myself a Mr Huey's watercolour set from Lulupu a few months ago and until then was super scared of free style painting. But now Im hooked - if I can do it, so can you.

I hope to have sparked your creativity in some way today. You can link your projects for this challenge here.
The inspiration for the layout of this page comes from the sketch on Creative Scrappers. I discovered this site through Elina Stromberg's blog who is also a DT at creative scrappers and absolutely love the inspiration presented by their DT. 

Also joining the Rock the Technique : Simon Says Monday Challenge


  1. This is fab, Krisha! I love the texture and layers and splatters.

  2. This is Awesome Kripa ! loved the bg a lot :)

  3. This is fab!! love the details :)

  4. What a stunning layout! Love the design with the film ribbon and the touches of blue! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  5. Wonderful/Love the loose watercolour background and the glass glitter looks very cool.

  6. Hi Kripa, Thanks for your visit & kind comment. I zipped back over to visit you, was fascinated with this project, and joined as your newest follower. Hope you will have time to visit me again. I'm still intimidated by water coloring, just beginning to get into the mixed media - I love the look, just not always successful with it. You've made a wonderful project with a lot of imagination, recycled products and some fabulous colors. What a marvelous way to show off those darling pictures. Well done! TFS



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