Ready for School Layouts by Deb

by Deb Adams

Well I have had some fun digging out some old photos of my Prep & Grade 1 classes

to use for this months School Theme at Scrap FX.

I wanted to take these pages to the next level by creating similar but different Mixed Media pages.

My Andy Skinner range of Artist Pigment Paints arrived just in time for this project.

I have been trying to buy his paints for years.

This range is from ‘Cosmic Shimmer’ & distributed by ‘Creative Expressions’ which I bought from an Australian online store.

I prepped two 12 x 12″ pages with white gesso & scratched into the surface with a palette knife before leaving to dry.

The palette knife was then used to swipe the translucent paints randomly across the pages to form the next background layer.

Colours used were Cobalt Teal Hue, Prussian Blue, Payne’s Grey, Quinacridone Gold & Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.

The next textured layer was achieved with white crackle paste through the Numbers Collage stencil in two corners of each page.

This took a while to dry naturally to form the best crackle effect.

Meanwhile I distressed some strips of hessian & prepared the chipboard pieces & Transparencies.

The Hearts entwined & the Starting School chipboards were painted with Raw Umber & Quinacridone Gold.

The Barb Wire Strands chipboard was left plain.

A wash of Raw umber & Quin’ Gold highlighted the ‘yummy’ crackle effect on the background.

The photos were matted with kraft & black torn corrugated card.

The torn hessian & other ephemera were applied with 3D matte medium & a stapler.

The Mish Mash Silhouette was cut into pieces & slipped under the hessian.

The Sewing Rice Paper was easily torn into strips by applying water to the paper with a brush.

This feathers the edges so it blends into the background when applied with Soft Matte Gel Medium.

Finished off with some labels from the School Transparency applied with a stapler & matte medium.

 Would love to know if anyone reading this is actually in the photos.

I had better say which child is me.  In the photo above I am just below the teacher.  With the cowlick fringe!

In this one I am the ‘cute’ one in the centre behind the board with the cowlick fringe & the missing tooth!

Hope this gives you some inspiration for a way to present those photos that are important  for telling  the story of yourself.

Cheers for now,


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