Monday, 23 September 2013

A Russian Challenge

Hi there.

I hope your week has started well. If it's school holiday time for you then I hope you're getting a few sleep ins!

I was checking out the amazing work of Georgia Heald the other day on her blog and saw she was this month's guest designer for a Russian challenge site called Paperdvizhnik.. Georgia says the site has a lot of arty, mixed media layouts so I thought "this is for me!" This months' challenge is to create a layout using white, grey and two other colours of your choice. Here's what I came up with:

I chose the pink colour to match my daughter's sunglasses and I was inspired by a lovely old K & Company paper to make the second colour that gorgeous yellow-green. The weird thing is that I then hardly used any of the paper!

I had fun creating the background. I used a tried and true Heather technique - if you're not happy with it, gesso over the top and keep going! I first used texture paste through a TCW stencil to create the lines of dots. I then sprayed carefully behind the photo with Dylusions so it would colour some dots pink and not others. I coloured some of the other dots grey with an ink pad and left some white. I then added quite a bit of stamping using grey ink.

I then decided that I wasn't completely happy with the effect so I gessoed over the top of it, leaving some parts partly exposed. I now had a background with depth and texture to work with. The Dylusions softened and blended when it was wet with the gesso and the other colours were toned down. Now, I was happy with it! I then took another TCW stencil (Mayan Calendar - one of my favourites) and used multiple inks to match the colours of the paper. I used mustard seed and crushed olive Distress Inks to make the yellow-green and pink and purple inks to make the pink colour.

You can see the layers here:

I added a chippie, some Manor House Creations flowers and A Lil' Somethin' flair button to finish off the photo:

I made a pair of shades from paper and created the title with some ever-faithful Thickers.

I used another stencil behind the photo - this time a Maya Road one - and added some grey to it.

I finished the page off with some stitching in grey, pink and green and added the leftover threads to the chipboard flourish.

If you're into mixed-media layouts, hop on over to Paperdvizhnik and have a look. I'll keep an eye open to see if you post a layout there!



  1. Now HOW cool are those shades and how you've used them in your title! really really love your delish background work! xoxo

  2. This looks fabulous Heather, I love how you have created the title and your back ground looks wonderful!!

  3. Fantastic layout! Dynamic and I love your "Heather" technique! :)

  4. This is gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeeeee the colors, the flowers and LOVING the shades in the "cool"!!!!

  5. Wow! This is fabulous! LOVE your background...looks awesome! Those shades are soooooooooooooo sweet!

  6. Great cups...really show the detail & the subtle colours on the masking...loooove adore am in awe of you using the sunnies in your title.....such an outside the box thinker you are:):):):)

  7. Great design. Simply adorable daughter!

  8. Love love love the colour, texture and layers in this one! such a beautiful layout!