Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Freedom Mixed Media Layout by Sherry Bienert

Hey all my crafty friends, Sherry here with a splatter filled layout that I had a lot of fun making! Sometimes we forget that some of our products and tools have more then one use. All we have to do is think outside of the box, and BOOM our 'stuff' is more useful then before!

Today I decided to pull out a few fav spray colors, but didn't want to use them in the conventional way and just spray. I also wanted to use embellishments that were already on my table to create this layout! This is my favorite way to "clean.  I HATE to put things away, so instead I use them on upcoming projects!

I hope you follow along. I challenge you to pull out a few sprays and grab whatever embellies you have in your reach and create with me! (Full supply list below)

Step ONE

I selected a soft neutral background, this is important so that my color sprays will stand out. Then I pulled out my variety of sprays and unscrewed all of the tops. I lightly spritzed the page with water to damped the page. HINT: If you dont pre-moisten the page the spray will instantly soak onto the fibres of the paper and not work as well for this technique.

I pre-determine where my where my focal point would be, so that I can focus on this year.  Then, I dipped the 'straw' of one of the tops into its spray bottle and tapped the liquid onto the sections of the page where I wanted color. I repeated this step with each color until I felt there was enough on the page. Then I picked up water with a dropper, and tapped the end of the dropper, to create a bit of water splatters. Allow this to dry completely.

Step TWO

Next up are the AMAZING and NEW large industrial stamp set form Indigoblu and designed by Limor Webber Designs. Once I knew where my photo would be I 'hung' lamps and chains so they would peek out and show around the edges of the photo area. I did some in black ink and some in IndigoBlu Mega Flake metallics kit. This starter kit is one of the most amazing little gems in my stash right now. If you don't have one or haven't heard of it, you NEED to check it out! You're welcome!  It makes adding foil to your projects a cinch! Look at all this great foil!


Since I know where the location of my photo and embellishments are going to be situated, I spread glass beads along a few of the edges and on some of the corners. Once it was dry I used my finger to press clear gesso onto the clear beads. This will create a great base for my Magicals to stick to. Allow gesso to dry. 

I pulled out a couple magicals that match (or closely match) the splatter colors, and sprinkled them one at a time onto the clear beads and sprayed them with water. I kept layering these colors till they were just right!

Then with a bit of liquid glue I adhered some bundles of thread!


I splattered a few tags with the same colors as the background and along with a few other embellies I had kicking around on my workspace I created a layered stack of deliciousness! I like to use pop dots when I create these layers and they will make things more dimensional and stand out.

Using the same Mega Flakes metallic kit I applied the word 'Freedom' to the bottom left corner.


I found that the word I put in the corner of the layout didn't stand out well enough so I used sticker letters and repeated the same word, overlapping the slightly. Pop the layout into a frame and Ta-Da, it's ready to be displayed!

Now for a few close ups to check out the details a bit better!

 Thank you so much for stopping in and I hope you enjoyed my slice of heaven.  Creating should make you feel happy, it should make you feel like you're leaving a little piece of you on the project. It doesn't matter how you create or what you create, what's important is that you create. And don't forget to shop, I promise it's ok!


1 comment:

  1. Wow, this is so beautiful. As I am very knew to mixed media (I am just going to start my first one) I love that you listed all the steps. This is so helpful. Thanks so much.