Thursday, March 31, 2016

Audrey Hepburn

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a page I've submitted for application to the ColourArte Design Team.

I started by cutting up pieces of watercolor paper,distressed all the edges, and arranged the pieces.  I used foam core board between the layers, to add dimension. 

I sprayed water onto all the Twinkling H20 jars in order to activate them.

I sprayed water on in small 1" x 2" sections, dipped a brush into the paint, and touched the brush to the water. I did this all over the page and layers of paper, using several colors.

I had to cover some areas with gesso because I used too many colors. 

I poured on Distress Crackle paint in different areas, and let it dry.
I rubbed on a lot of pearl mica powder all over the papers.

I outlined the layers under the photo with several lines of black watercolor pencil, and brushed water over them to soften the lines.

I had a lot of fun adding the embellishments. I used some rub on letters I've had for over 10 years.

The black images are rub ons. I also added seed beads, micro beads, dried moss, sequins, rhinestones, die cut paper butterflies, metal chains, and more.

The "Dear" you see there is from a postcard my mom wrote me a long time ago.
There ares some wispy pieces of gauze I put by the layers. I brushed some shiny acrylic paint on to add texture and color.

To the left of the photo is a shiny area where I had poured clear glass glitter into a puddle of watercolor.  When it dried I poured crackle accent on top of it, just to see what it would look like. It didn't crackle up too well, but I just rubbed some pearl mica powder on it and the result is okay.

Thanks for looking,and I hope you liked my page!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Woman, Birds, and Nest

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a page for Paper House. I love using the ColorWays papers, the images are so beautiful.

Supplies Used:

To make this page. I started by cutting up some paper, and arranging the pieces underneath the photo.

 Using a stencil, I applied texture paste at the upper left. 

I glued on squares of foam core board underneath the arrangement to give some dimension, and sponged on gesso around the edges.  I painted over the gesso with watercolors.and watersoluble oil pastels.

I used several different things to give more texture to the page: microbeads, crackle paint, glass glitter, seed beads,lace, and ribbon are a few.

I made a crown/bird's nest out of crystals, dried moss, embroidery floss, feathers, silver chain, and small pearls.

To kind of blend the colors together, I brushed on a lot of turquoise mica powder.

As the final step, I wanted to give the raised papers more definition. I took a watercolor pencil, and drew lines around a lot of the edges, and brushed water over them.  On top of that, I painted on a mix of green and brown water soluble oil pastels. 

Thanks for looking, and I hope you liked my page!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Paper House Productions Easter Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Melissa here with an Easter Blog Hop design team post for Paper House.

I was inspired by the adorable Easter animal stickers. I thought they were so cute that they each deserved their own little spotlight in ATCs, or artist trading cards.

Supplies Used:

Here are some details about how I made these : I cut three 2 1/2 x 3 1/2" pieces of watercolor paper. I used a stencil and put on texture paste with a credit card.  I painted the three with watercolors, and rubbed on mica powders.  I used a small brush and applied crackle paint,and when dry,dusted on some chalk to make the cracks more visible.
I painted another layer of watercolor paper and adhered it underneath the top layer with foam tape.  I did this because I wanted the top layer to stay flat, and the tape is pretty sticky.I glued on ribbon.

Some other things I put on the three include vintage glass glitter, micro beads, seed beads, sequins, flatback and bicone crystals,and pearls.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Hi everyone! Melissa here with my first design team post for Paper House.
I was inspired by the stunning photography and colors of the papers I've used,especially the beautiful door you see below.

 I knew I wanted to make kind of a collage,so I cut some of the papers up. I painted a piece with gesso and Twinkling H20s, and put my photo on top. I arranged pieces around the photo, and using glosy accents, I glued foam core board under a few of the images. I sponged on gesso around the arrangement so the paper wouldn't absorb the paint, and to make the beads and powders visible.

Smiles Supply List:
I applied crackle paste on the left edge and a few different areas, and let it dry overnight.
I poured on a little crackle paint and let it dry. I rubbed glossy accents on around the images,and poured both gold and a little verdigris embossing powders on. Other materials included micro beads, seed beads, vintage glitter, sequins, and gold leaf. I painted the crackle with aqua Twinkling H2O's, then rubbed on brown chalk, to make the cracks visible.

I used a Planets Puffy earth sticker with a metal arrow underneath it, as a symbol of how these two guys are my world.
Thanks for looking, and I hope you liked my page!

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