STENCIL IT UP!
Crate Paper Carousel patterned paper (Coton Candy)
Crate Paper Carousel patterned paper (Romance)
Bella Blvd Addison 12x12 cardstock stickers
Bella Blvd Gratitude documented cardboard stickers
Crate Paper clear stickers
Crafters Workshops alpha stencil
Something watercolor + lettering can look overwhelming. While I can do some not-too-bad lettering myself, I'm a lazy girl and stencils have been long-time besties! For this layout, I think you're going to love my trick!
1. LAYER SOME THIN GESSO ON THE BACKGROUND
If you haven't prepped your white cardstock at home, it's time to do! Starbuck gift card + thin layer of gesso and voilà!
2. GRAB A STENCIL + MIST!
For this one, we need to go pretty fast. Layer stencil on background and mist water. Just do one corner of background at a time : water dries fast! Once you're done with step #4 below, repeat this step again.
I ended up choosing to waterstencil only two corners of my layout, so that I could use the other two to add my photo and embellish/do my journaling.
I picked 4 different colors : 1 yellow + 2 greens + 1 dark blue. Whether you use watercolor or acrylic paints, you will need to dilute them with a lot of water (even more if you use acrylics).
By misting water on your cardstock (it is really important to add a layer of gesso as this point - if not, the water will be soaked in by the paper fibers and you won't get the exact same result), the gesso will act as a layer of plastic : the "water shapes" will be clear and detailled but also ready to receive colors before it dries out! Because YES : it dries out! Even with the gesso!
4. ADD WATERCOLOR TO WATER MARKS
Remember when I said we will have to work fast on this one? Well now is the time! Your watermarks should be perfectly wet when you add the watercolor inside, using a soft and thin brush. Simply + delicately drop a few drops of watercolor into the misted shapes on your background.
It's normal if you get some color to get out of your shapes : if still wet, grab a paper towel and get rid of it. If not, it will look more artsy! (well, that's my opinion).
Do not use a heat gun to make this dry faster : it will make your ink to run through the whole background!
One thing you can, later on, is outline each letter with a black pencil!
5. DECORATE AS DESIRED
I cut some banners into patterned papers. Mounted my photo on a piece of paper. Added a tag, couple of stickers, my title, and wrote my journalling under the banners.