Sunday, 29 July 2012

Grade 11 Dance Layout {ScrapThat! July kit - Fabscraps Organics Collection}

Continuing with my ScrapThat! kit for July - here is my
next layout "Grade 11 Dance" that I am showing in full, together
with close up photos & supplies list.  Once again I altered
the printed papers & the cardstock using a varitey of mediums.

I added gesso to white out some areas to be semi-transparent 
then added some paints and mists for more texture & interest.  
I am particularly loving the "drip effect" right now, which is
 more easily achieved if you reduce the absorbency of the
 paper by first painting over it with gel medium.

The cardstock was mid-green & as I prefer working with darker
 shades I painted it (just around the edges as that's all that
 ends up showing) then dry brushed it with gesso & used
 Ranger Liquid Pearls (Peacock) to highlight certain areas, 
using my finger to spread it on.

I recoloured all the yellow flowers from the add-on to match 
the papers then "sugar-coated" them in clear glitter & defined
their centres with Liquid Pearls {Peacock}.  I used the Prima
flower packaging on my layout too, recoloured the alphas as 
they were a pale celery green & outlined them for definition.

I cut up the Prima vine & spread it around the edges of my
 photo, which I defined with my new Martha Stewart
 "Swirling Lace" punch as well as adhering the crochet 
ribbon across the top & bottom. 

I broke up a doily & scrunched bits of it up & pushed them 
under my flower clusters, securing them with glue-dots. 
 The flower you see above started out yellow as you can see below.

I used the canvas flowers below too, after dying them
with emerald green mists (Use a few shades if possible
so that it looks more natural & shaded).

Once everything was dry I dry-brushed over with some
gesso to lift everything a bit & added some stencilling
using modelling paste, around the edges of the photo
and embellishments, to define the areas & help the photo
"pop" off the background.  

And lastly this is the top section of my layout & shows
 the flowers & vines branching across the top & meeting in the 
centre to completely encompass the photograph.  I hope
you enjoyed that little tour around my page :)

Supplies List for "Grade 11 Dance" Layout.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Printed Papers - Fabscraps "Organics" Collection
Prima Packaging
Gesso & Gel Medium - Claudine Helmuth
Paint - Creative Talents Dusty Blue
Modeling Paste - Reeves
Liquid Pearls - Ranger - Peacock
Green Mists - Granny Smith Apple Green {Maya Road}
Meadow Green {Tattered Angels}
Blue Grass - Studio Calico
Flowers - Petaloo & Pink Paislee
Vines - Prima
Alphas - EK Success
Crochet lace, flowers, papers, burlap & alphas - all 
from ScrapThat!  July 2012 kit
Doily, Glitter {Clear & Green}  - stash 
Journaling Pen Artline 200 FINE 0.4 Shachihata
Punch - Martha Stewart Swirling Lace


Alison said...

Beautiful Helen...I love what you're doing with these flowers...hope things are improving!
Alison xx

topkatnz said...

Very pretty - but then you know I am rather partial to a bit of green;)

Lizzy Hill said...

AAAA-MAZING transformation....can hardly believe what that flower started out as & your peacock blue colour is STUNNING...drips look great:):):) Looks like your blogger is behaving now?????

Keren Tamir said...

I love this one too and great tip on the drippings I love them too

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwww! This is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS Helen! I love love love the photo, the colors and loving the FLOWERS!!!!

Sandy Ang said...

Wow how amazing your LO!

Kelly Foster said...

Beautiful and sparkly and wonderful, Helen! I really love how you've framed that gorgeous photo with all that floral goodness..nice job!!

Denise Price said...

Sweet layout for a sweet photo! I love how you recolored your embellishments--you show how versatile these items really can be.


I am loving your mixed-media avatar a LOT! The picture is popping off the page surrounded by all the brights and the peacock hues are simply fabulous :)

yyam said...

Oooh...I love the green hues! Just so soothing. Gotta try the trick with the liquid pearls...I love the effect! :)
Such a gorgeous layout Helen!

Desire Fourie said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love the fresh colour combo and all those wonderful flowers.
Hop on over to Doing Life - for a chance to win some lovely digi stamps.
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Heather McMahon said...

Helen I've just found your blog for the first time. I have become a follower not only because I think your work is fantastic but because you've got the best profile intro I've ever read!

Bente Fagerberg said...

Great work on the flowers here Helen. And the background,...oh yes !! I love that!! Nice to see these beautiful young people. I so wish them all the best for thir future.
Just a stunning combination! :-)

tania said...

you have created yet another masterpiece!!love this:)

Leonie said...

Oh Man oh Man I adore this one. Beautiful colours, and it all has such a glorious sheen and polish to it Helen.
Your attention to detail is amazing!

Lynette said...

I love how easily you change backgrounds and flowers to suit what you want to achieve. Lovely layout.

Evgenia Petzer said...

love his one! lovely colors!

Fi said...

Well you certainly turned those drab flowers into something spectacular, love the emerald green tone, and I love how the colours make the photo just pop from the page. Gorgeous!!! PS - Ducks don't have a name, my son just calles them ducky, lol

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow!!! This LO is truly amazing!! Love every little detail! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Mona L. Pendleton said...

WOW Helen! What a stunning layout! Such a beautiful photo! Love the burst of color Thanks for inspiring!

Naddy said...

Gorgeous LO helen... Love the bakground and how you frame the photo with the flowers..

Lynnda said...

Wow wow wow... Helen this layout is utterly stunning!!! You are amazing!!! this totally rock!!! hugs...xoxo

Jasmine S said...

Wonderful, gorgeous, love it. The colours are amazing, love the pic and the design is just awesome. You are on fire.

Marjie Kemper said...

Truly madly love it! Gorgeous color combo... just fantastic!

scrapping4me said...

Loving the painted work on this page Helen - you have really bought the photo to life on the page!

Eila Sandberg said...

Ooh YES the photo really stands out beautifully!! Fabulous how you transformed everything to fit in with your design, marvellous job with the mists! love the glitter you added to the blooms too. The greens really give such a soft and calming feel to your page Helen, lovely stuff! xoxo

Mitra Pratt said...

I am so glad you told us how you transformed your flowers! Very awesome! I always enjoy the explanations the most! I agree with Eila, very soothing right there!!!

sandi said...

Wow! Just beautiful Helen! Love the flowers in the circle...looks fab!

Rachael Funnell said...

Far OUT! another GORGEOUS design Helen.... Again that background looks AMAZING & just love what you have done with the flowers!!!

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

Love this page to bits! I love the vibrant blues and greens! Gorgeous!