(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)
One of my favourite ways to play with different media is to try a few out on one project, in different areas. I call this ‘media pools’. One recent layout I did this on was the Easter Egg Hunt Layout where I filled the eggs with different types of paint and textures.
Today’s layout uses a grid for the same kind of effect. By keeping the different medias in their own little places, it means you can focus on each small area one at a time, and if you are trying out a new technique you can confine it to a tiny area! It can also be a great way to use up paper scraps if you fill some holes with them too:
The grid is a file from The Cut Shoppe, it’s called ‘Get Your Grid On’. I cut it out using my Cricut Explore, but the first time I cut it the machine was ripping up all the letters:
I tried it again and the same thing happened. I was about to give up, then I realised the cardstock I was using (American Crafts I think) had quite a thick core. So I cut it from a sheet of Cricut cardstock instead and it cut the thin letters beautifully!
I stuck the grid onto white cardstock using repositionable adhesive. Then I cut the white cardstock down and matted it onto some kraft grid paper for a bit of a border. I’d like to point out here that the grid cut file is not wonky, it’s my cutting that was a bit lopsided:
I painted blue watercolour paint into a couple of boxes, then decided to try out my Derwent Coloursoft pencils in one box – I’d not used them on textured cardstock before. I used Ochre to fill in a box:
Then I went over it again with the white to try and blend the lines a bit more – it didn’t blend completely but it did look better:
Next I wanted to fill the heart with glitter, so painted Mod Podge inside it with an old brush, then sprinkled on some chunky glitter. However the chunky glitter didn’t stick all that well:
So I Mod Podged over the top of the chunky glitter and tried again with fine gold glitter, which worked much better:
Then it was just a case of filling some holes with patterned paper – I cut most of them to fit perfectly inside the boxes, rather than having to lift the grid up, but I did have to lift the edges of letters a couple of times to tuck the paper underneath. I added my title, journaling, and a few embellishments (including the tea pot from my Spray Painted Embellishments):
I like how it all seems to frame the photo:
And typing this up is making me want a cup of tea right now!
Use a grid on your next project
Try out some media pools – areas of different paint or texture
Cut some patterned paper scraps into squares and use them on your background
What kinds of media do you like to use best on your projects?
Bye for now,
P.S. I am linking this up to The Cut Shoppe monthly challenge in their blog sidebar HERE!