Experimenting with water color paper and gesso- A Scrap FX page

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Good day everyone!

This weekend was full of creative energy.

I made several pages which is very rare.

Fellow Scrap FX DT member Scarlett has told me several times that the best way to use gesso or paint on a page is to spray some water on the paper first and to make sure whatever I do on the FRONT, I repeat on the back.

Well I finally tried misting both front and back to keep warping to a minimum.

I decided to use the engineering stencil in the background but I was worried about warping (although water color paper has lots of nooks and cranies that help keep the paper pretty flat) so I used grey Prima chalk ink. I then added gesso and a little bit of Tattered Angels sheer gold mist- the chalk in ran all over the place! I was surprised but I loved the effect.

I decided to use the engineering stencil in the background but I was worried about warping (although water color paper has lots of nooks and cranies that help keep the paper flat) so I used grey Prima chalk ink. I then added gesso and a little bit of Tattered Angels sheer gold mist- the chalk in ran all over the place! I was surprised but I loved the effect.

I then had to wait- waiting is the HARDEST part of working with wet mediums.

chalk_ink_tim_holtz_stamp

The next step was this TOTALLY AMAZING Tim Holtz subway poster stamp. I decided to emboss it but since the gesso was still a bit wet, the powder got caught up on the bottom. I decided to like that effect. I avoid using a heat gun on gesso since that causes cracks. I use an old credit card as my palette knife.

clear_plastic_title_wordlet

I’ve had this clear plastic title in my stash for a very VERY long time. I decided to layer it over my photo and high-light the edges with a permanent marker to make it pop. “OO! This is something you should SO TRY with your Scrap FX butterfly and splatter embellishments, Michelle!” I said to myself- now if I could just make myself let go!

All this took very little time- 30 minutes at best.

Final result:

Photobooth app portraits are my favorite. I added a few Basic Grey die cuts as focus points and suddenly the page was finished.

I added a few Basic Grey die cuts as focus points and the page was finished. I am SO EXCITED to find out I can SCAN my chipboard pages instead of photographing them! I love to work late into the night so being able to scan a finished page means I’m no longer a prisoner to bad weather or fluctuating work schedules. WOOOOT! Try it! Just make sure to add layered scraps of paper behind areas next to the chipboard to bring the background layer closer to the glass.

I used the following Scrap FX chipboard items:

Cog tree model #2012334

Micro cogs model #2012335

Doodad E, model #2007036

Speech bubbles B, FabYOUlous model #2012372

Engineering stencil, large model #2012161

My biggest ongoing project right now is a scrap room organization.

It was supposed to last several days but is now 2 months old with no end in sight.

I have a LOT of stuff and a tiny space so I need just the right products for storage.

Ideally I want things to be see though and stackable so they are easy to find when I’m mid page.

I found two stackable  wire mesh recipe  boxes in my local home goods store. These are 4.5 inches (114 millimeters) tall by 7 inches (177 millimeters) wide. PERFECT for most Scrap FX designs. I used A7 size paper and the Jenni Bowlin tab punch to make dividers. I separated my chipboard into wordlets (I have to refine this category- I need more boxes!), holidays, flourish, sea life, butterflies, birds, clear items, letters and things. Just like that sifting through my chippies became a snap.

I found two stackable wire mesh recipe boxes in my local home goods store. These are 4.5 inches (114 millimeters) tall by 7 inches (177 millimeters) wide. PERFECT for most Scrap FX designs. I used A7 size paper and the Jenni Bowlin tab punch to make dividers. I separated my chipboard into wordlets (I have to refine this category- I need more boxes!), holidays, flourish, sea life, butterflies, birds, clear items, letters and things. Just like that sifting through my chippies became a snap.

Let us know how you store your Scrap FX chipboard!

Better yet- stop by our Facebook page and show us a photo!

Thanks for stopping by!

4 Responses to “Experimenting with water color paper and gesso- A Scrap FX page”

  1. Michelle this is AMAZING!! Mixed media madness!

  2. I love this! The cogs look fantastic and the vellum letters look awesome over your pic. You are seriously on fire!

  3. This is a rockin’ spectacular page Michelle!!! Love every little thing about it!! The stenciling looks awesome and I adore how the stamp played so well with it! Those mini cogs were the perfect touch and you sprinkled them about magically – just love. this. page!!!

  4. This page looks so good and fresh!