Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Trial and error

Hello ladies, Tracie here.

I've had a very busy August with my son getting married and the arrival of five kittens which a neighbours cat delivered to us!
So, when I finally got a few free moments to scrap, my mind was still full of weddings and kittens! My mojo was out sunning itself somewhere.

Looking around my craft table in desperation I came across my little travel watercolour set and got to thinking that it had been a long time since I'd used paint in scrapping.
My first four attempts went in the bin! (I refused to give up!!)
After a great deal of trial and error though (and working out that most card and paper isn't designed for watercolour and the amount of water I was adding had to be greatly reduced to avoid ruining the paper!) I finally had something passable for a background.
Mostly scribbles and splotches, granted, but passable all the same!

I then dived into my new and very lovely Teresa Collins stamps! By very carefully dabbing watercolour directly onto the stamp with a sponge I was able to get a something I was reasonably happy with, and adapting the amount of paint I was using meant I could get a lovely soft graduated background.

Sticking with the Teresa Collins memorabilia range I built up my layout around the painted bacground, choosing a photo of me and my other half from the aforementioned wedding!


Here's a close up of the watercolour stamp effect with my random paint scribbling!



For my second layout and deciding to stick with the wedding photos (you may be seeing quite a few more of these in the upcoming months - so I will apologise in advance!!)

I loved how the dappled effect of the sun through the trees was highlighting the happy couple, in this photo taken by the brides mum and wanted to use my watercolours to make it a focus of my layout.

Again, I went with the wonderful Teresa Collins papers but I used white paint dabbed through a stencil to create the suns rays,


 I also had some pearlised paints which I used to further highlight the 'rays'


So that's all from me for now, I had fun playing with watercolour and despite having a few disasters will definitely be using them again,
 I would love to see your watercolour layouts so feel free to leave a link to your work in the comments box so we can all have a look at your creations!
Bye for now!

5 comments:

Ali Parris said...

Fan-bloomin-tastic!!! Who cares about buckled paper, or how many attempts it takes when the result is as stunning as that! Love the rays too :)

Mel said...

Loving the sun rays. My layouts at the mo are all about my new baby so I know how it is when you've got lots of pics!

Lesley G said...

Beautiful photos enhanced by the beautiful layouts :) x

Allycat x said...

I love both layouts but the sentiment from the first especially :)

Allycat x said...

I love both layouts but the sentiment from the first especially :)