• Caroline

Journeying into Mixed Media with p13 'Garden of Books'

Hello lovely humans, today I am sharing the first layout I made with P13's beautiful 'Garden of Books' collection, which I bought from Craftie Charlie.


A collection featuring bold colours, books and plants? Yes please!


I'm not particularly experienced when it comes to mixed media, and I don't exactly have an abundance of materials to use, but I think this collection is just screaming out for mixed media and as I only bought a few additional embellishments to go with the 12x12 paper pad, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to challenge myself.


To start my layout, I was drawn straight away to this gorgeous paper featuring a comfy-looking yellow chair and watercolour vines dangling from the top of the page; it seemed the perfect backdrop for a busy mixed media layout.


I started my layout with a circle stencil from Bramble Fox and mixed some modelling paste with yellow acrylic paint, covering a large area where I knew my photo and embellishments would be clustered. I liked the effect but it seemed a little too uniform in areas, so I took the end of my pallet knife and smudged some of the circles to give a messier look before leaving this to dry.

Next, I layered up some colourful banners and cut-aparts from the collection, as well as the beautiful cerise tissue paper my order came in, for my photo to sit on top of. I distressed the edges of these using my distressing tool.



I used some of the circular tags and circle stickers to compliment the circles I used in the background, and went around some of these with a hot pink ink to make them bolder against the subtle green of the background. I also cut out a 'shelf' of books from the paper pad and used these to top and tail my photo, bringing all of the colours together, as well as fussy-cutting a couple of pencil elements and some words to use for book-related phrases.




Lastly, I painted some chipboard pieces in the colours from the collection - bright blue, green, yellow and pink. I used some bold chipboard letters from my stash for my title, but had run out of 'A's which led me to include some chipboard cats instead! I also painted the light chipboard stack of books and potted plant from the collection, and finished up the layout with some pink paint splatters.



About the photo:


This bookcase is my little corner of heaven and my favourite part of our home. Wispa loves to explore but has never shown much interest in the book shelves, however this day she decided to climb up and have a look around - so I had to snap her investigating! Not a particularly momentous occasion, but definitely two of my favourite things in one photo.



Products used:


P13 'Garden of Books' collection- https://www.craftie-charlie.co.uk/by-collection/the-garden-of-books.html?brand=1849


Modelling paste - Pebeo - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005IW0PKA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Circle stencil (Fox cut #8) - Bramble Fox - https://www.bramblefox.co.uk/product-page/fox-cut-8


Other products used - acrylic paint, chipboard letters and cats - are from my stash from many years ago

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