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Friday, 30 May 2014

Designer Inspiration - Gina Rodgers - Little Moments

Hi everyone, I'm back today with another layout using the gorgeous April Main Cake kit which is still available here! I've covered almost half the page using the race track paper and created the background with some gesso scrapes, and of 6" stencil which I've printed and sprayed through using white, gold and aqua mists. I've also splattered some black and white mists around and added a bit of stamping..

I've used the MME buttons and chipboard and a few sequins (plus a couple of buttons from my stash)..

..making a banner with them as well..

bye for now and happy creating!
Gina x

Monday, 26 May 2014

Designer Inspiration - Lisa Pate - Going on an Adventure!

Hello Everyone!

As you all know my family recently had an amazing New Zealand Adventure.  Pretty sure all of my recent layouts feature photo's from our trip.  I love how a fresh batch of photo's give a boost to my mojo.

So I am back to share another layout using our holiday snaps using the gorgeous April Kit.

Following on from Nat's blog post about brush script (which by the way is FABULOUS and you should check out).  I've been playing with brush script again.  It's so fun. 

I created my background with a phrase from the girls favourite movie and simply repeated it over and over.  I have found the less I think about how I am forming the letters the more I like it.  It's also cool to stick to your own writing style to give your script an original feel.

Watering down the gouache paint gives you a lovely grey wash which I really love.  Once dry and sketched around my lettering using a permanent pen. 

I hope you have all had a play with the gouache from your kits.  

Thanks for popping in.


Sunday, 25 May 2014

Designer Inspiration ... Natalie May

Happy Sunday Peeps.

So how do we all feel about the current trend toward Brush Script on our projects?
I am LOVING the brush and Designers Gouache in the April Cupcake Kit

I love that this industry is so heavily influenced by art and fabulous artists such as the incredible Kal Barteski.
I have been a fan of her work for may years and have loved her quotes and creations for as long as I can remember.
She makes it look totally easy and effortless.

Studio Calico have a class online at the moment ..Life Scripted .. that I know is extremely popular and teaches some amazing techniques.

I thought I'd have a go at some brush script and show you some of the results I got with the Gouache and Brush.
(side note ... I am NOT taking the Studio Calico class and have no idea what I am doing... lol)

First thing I did was get out my mixing palette, paper, brush, paint and water. Put a blob of paint in the middle and added water to get it to a semi runny consistency.

I went a couple of different ways from here...

First I tried writing in pencil first then going over the top with the brush.
I kept the brush quite upright and focused on one letter at a time, dipping back into the paint each time.
This was OK .. worked quite well

Next I tried just painting out the letters without really thinking too much about how thick the paint was or how even the letters were .. but then I went back over each letter and gave them some more body.

Then I decided I was thinking about it too much and just started mucking around with it.
I was much happier this time.

I also love that this black paint splatters really well off the brush. I got the brush really wet with paint and then tapped off the excess onto the page.

I also grabbed a plastic cup and used the ends to create these circles - this looks super nice and I love this effect the most I think!

So.... I am far from great at this and over time and with some practice, I'm sure I'll get better.
But ... have a go .. get out some paper and a brush and start playing.

Natalie May

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