I started these beachy layouts last summer when I attended a mixed media layout class by Art Anthology at the Scrapbook Expo (last July). I knew at the time we were planning a family Christmas vacation in St. Augustine, Florida, and I have been keeping these partially started layouts in the wings until now.
The bases are Canson XL Series Watercolor Textured Paper, which is incredibly robust and perfect for mixed media. The edges were distressed with new-to-me Art Anthology Mud Texture Paste. Then for the background texture, especially visible where I hand wrote “Saint Augustine” with the back end of a paintbrush, I used Art Anthology Sandstone Stone Effects. For the chip board pieces, I used Liquitex Gesso to soften the look and then rubbed on with my fingers some Art Anthology Gold Metal Effects to add a shimmer.
The other background elements to add texture, interest, warmth, and sea-worn look, I used gauze cheesecloth fibers, burlap (with the ends frayed), white flowers sprayed aqua with Art Anthology Siesta Key Spray, seashells, coral, paper doilies, pearl sticker gems, Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine sprayed manila tags, and clear Pretty Pink Posh 4mm droplets and 6mm droplets.
Then it was a matter of finding the pictures from our vacation that I thought would be fun to feature on the layouts. As these are going to be gifts for my dad I used 3 pictures of my dad at the St. Augustine down town area by the water, bridge and Castillo de San Marcos. For the second half of the spread, I used our family Christmas lunch picture (this was the only picture that had our whole family in it! – we were really bad about taking pictures), and a picture of my dad, me and my niece and nephew at the famous St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
To secure everything in place I used E6000 Glue (for permanent hold) and my Adtech hot glue gun (for quick placement, while the E6000 cures). Due to the very textured nature of many of the embellishments, many other wet glues would be less secure and not suitable. To make the layouts into display pieces, I also backed them with scrap cardboard (watch video for details). All these mixed media techniques are something relatively new to me, but I love the final results, and I think my dad will love these layouts as a keepsake gift!
CLICK on the following picture to watch the quick share and how to make these layouts displayable pieces (there is also a quick share of a shadowbox gift idea that I’ll describe in more detail on my next post):
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These layouts are being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Something New Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Use Something New Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Something New Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Try Something New Challenge
Crafter’s Castle Anything Goes with Optional Fun Technique Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Watercoloring Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge