It feels good to finally have created a layout that has been on my desk (& mind!) for a while now.
I sense I am in a thick fog of practicing silence & creativity. It’s these times that can be somewhat confusing to me, but also end up quite rewarding creatively. I’m somewhat of a complex creature with emotions, and moon cycles, and mindfulness. It gets muddy at times. Other times its crystal clear where I am going. I practice gratitude and appreciate the ebbs & flows of it all.
I printed this 5×7 photo right after Memorial Weekend, but just got around to putting this layout together. I originally intended to do an 8.5×11 layout for my 2016 album, but I fell so in love with this Simple Stories paper from the Carpe Diem collection and couldn’t cut it down.
I don’t like to focus on the embellishment/paper so much, but I just wanted this paper to be on full display. So I tried to think of ways around covering it up but adding some layering & dimension.
First I added some pink “watercolor”. I stamped some Tim Holtz and Kelly Purkey inks onto plastic and picked up the color with a wet brush. My brush wasn’t quite the brush stroke look I was going for, but it worked out. I added color to create a visual triangle and accent around the photo.
Because of the black dots and lines on the clouds, I felt like matting the photo on black would ground it a bit with all the other bright colors going on.
I knew I wanted Summer to be in big bold letters. I thought about doing white, but was having trouble making it pop. I used a piece of pattern transparency to mute the background a bit.
I thought about using all alpha stickers for the entire title, but then decided to play with my Tombow dual brush pens a bit to give an ombre look.
To achieve this, I just brush some of the darker orange color onto a piece of plastic. I use leftover packaging, but anything smooth will do (acetate, plastic, wax paper?) Then taking the lighter color, yellow, I pick up a little of the orange color on the tip then write my letters. I’m not the best at brush script and at first I thought I didn’t like it. But I am trying to accept the outcomes & not fret over details so much. The point is the photo & the story.
I used an American Crafts white chalk ink marker to add the highlights onto the large alpha stickers. (these are also American Crafts, DIY collection)
The washi tape is from Recollections color splash watercolor line at Michaels.
I’m not a pink person, so this was a little out of the box for me, but I liked using some of the other mediums I enjoy to add to this layout.
Have you tried using inks as watercolor? Or the Tombow brush pens? What do you think? Share your tips & resources with me.