I’m taking an online class at Studio Calico called Color Theory by Wilna Furstenberg. It’s a crafty paint type of class and it’s strictly fun but I’m learning a lot more than I had imagined. The first week covered impasto.
I didn’t have pink acrylic paint (is there such a thing as pink acrylic paint?) so I mixed white and red to get the pink. Initially, the pink was lighter than the darker color you see in the photos so I just added a bit more red to the mix. I used Regular Gel Matte by Golden Artist Colors as the thickener. For the black ink splatters, I didn’t have black in the little bottle Wilna used so I mixed a little water with black acrylic paint and used a brush to fling the color where I wanted the splatters. The paper with the stamp ink is by Bazzill called Avalanche. They have little ridges instead of the canvas texture. The heart stickers and white stars stickers were from a Facebook swap, the little beads with the hole in them came from a Hello Kitty Scrapbook Kit my daughter didn’t want, and the butterflies are from my Martha Stewart Butterfly puncher. The intricate flower cutout and the words (live, laugh, love) are cut files created by Wilna Furstenberg. I didn’t use a glue gun like Wilna does even though I do have one. I may start using it but for now I use the matte medium, Mod Podge, and E6000 as my glues.
I created the above paper layout by following the steps from Wilna Furstenberg at Studiocalico.com. She used gel paint in her tutorial but I don’t have gel paint so I used what was available to me, which was, gel matte medium, and acrylic paints. The intricate die cut was created by Wilna as a freebie. I used the Silhouette Portrait to cut it out and then gently removed it from the mat with an exacto knife and a plastic scraper. It’s a little time consuming but it’s one gorgeous piece of die cut.
This layout was so much fun to make. I’ve never used paint on a scrapbook page like this so it was a really great learning experience.