WHEELS OF COLOR

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Supplies list

  • Crate Paper Carousel patterned paper (Belle)

  • 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

  • Hero Arts 4x6 background stamps

  • Sizzix 4x6 embossing plate

  • gesso

  • Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Crayons (can be replaced by Dr Ph. Martin watercolor or any acrylic paints diluted with water, even with distressed inks)

  • washi tape

INSTRUCTIONS

Let's get this black & white paper more colorful! Of course, we want something subtle, that's why gesso is in the place : it will protect the paper by adding a thin layer of plastic, but it will also do like a white wash on my background. Are you ready? Let's start!

1. ADD A THIN LAYER OF GESSO ALL OVER YOUR BACKGROUND

Using a Starbuck gift card works like magic!

2. CUT YOUR WHEELS INTO PATTERNED PAPERS

Use the pie charts/wheels template added to your instructions to cut your different pieces of pie! Cut the wheels from the paper. Place them over different patterned papers and cut around the edges. Then follow the lines to cut portions of several patterns.

You can alter the edges using a scissor or an edge-distresser.

3. STAMP!

Some of the patterned papers were stamped on, using background stamps, you can also add drops of watercolor to alter their look.

4. USE ONE 4X6 EMBOSSED PIECE OF CARDSTOCK

This one, which has been embossed previously and gessoed, will also be cut just like the patterned papers, to create a few different pieces of pie! I cut small pieces, glue them on my pie charts and alter them once they are glued.

To use your Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Crayons, it's pretty easy. You have two ways of using them for this project :

  • you can either grab a crayon and a wet brush, and grab some colors with the tip of the brush and apply it on your background
  • you can rub your crayon on a non-sticky pad, add water and grab your color from there

5. WATERCOLOR YOUR BACKGROUND

Now, using a soft brush, you will pick 2 - 4 colors of watercolor (or acrylic paints that you will dilute with lots of water) to alter your whole layout! What I usually do is use a water mist and spray some water onto the areas that need some colors, ie in between the pie charts.

Dilute the watercolor and apply them gently on your background, mainly on the edges.

You can finish up with a darker color around the edegs to create like a frame.

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You can see that, depending on how you applied the gesso, you have a contrast when you apply the watercolor on the edges of the paper : whether there is gesso or not, the watercolor will react differently. It will be softer on the gesso, while the paper will just soak on the color in its fibers.

If you wish to add splashes or colors here and there, grab a dark crayon, soak up your brush with water, rub the tip on the crayon and "throw" some drops here and there on your layout! Don't be scared : you can use paper towel to remove the drops if there are on gesso!

6. DECORATE AS DESIRED

I added a few washi tape + stickers here and there, used a stamp around the edges to create a frame, my title and voilà!

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