As much as I love to play with inks (distress, glitter mists, etc…) and greatly distressed projects, one would believe that painting on layouts would be old hat to me. The truth is, however, that I have always been terrified of adding paint to a layout. The few times I have done so in the past I was so disappointed in the layout that it has ended up in secret piles; those pages no one is ever allowed to see. I have long admired others ability to apply splotches of paint to their layouts with ease (much like distress ink works for me), but past disappointments have kept me from taking that leap.
I recently bit the bullet, after purchasing a bottle if Tim Holtz Crackle Paint for another project, and used a bit of Crackle Paint on a Smashbook Page… I didn’t hate the result, so I promised myself this technique would have to be used on an upcoming page.
This layout was near completion. I was simply trying to find a place to ground my already designed title. Everywhere I laid it, it seemed to fall into the background. My eyes kept going to a bottle of white paint on my shelf. Finally, I convinced myself to just start painting. I was pretty happy with the results!
Stickers From Echo Park This and That Charming Collection**
Buttons by Prima**
Tape Measure Ribbon from Maya Road**
Film Strip Ribbon from Tim Holtz**
Tim Holtz Distress Ink**
Twine from The Twinery
Embossing Powder in Shabby White**
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