Monday, April 21, 2014

Mixed Media Class with Studio Calico

As I mentioned before, I am taking the mixed media class with Studio Calico this month. Céline Navarro and Anna-Maria Wolniak are the teachers and they are immensely talented ladies. It has been fun but it is not easy. I wanted to post some of the layouts I have been making with what I learnt from this class.

Here is one of my layouts...
I made this layout with a photo of one of my friend's daughter. I love the photo but I am not 100% satisfied with how it turned out. I first started off with a plain white cardstock and covered it with gesso. I let it dry completely overnight. I then mixed some pink mist in modeling pasted and used a Teresa Collins stencil to add the hearts in the background. The big lesson learnt here, is to stick down the stencil with washi tape or masking tape before starting the process. I didn't and my hearts didn't turn out as crisp as I wanted them to be. I was disappointed but I kept going :) I then added the pink triangular piece of paper behind the photo and matted my photo and added the other embellishments. I then added drops of mist and painted the edges of the paper with neocolor II crayons. I also scribbled with some mist at the edges of the photo. I then matted my white cardstock with another patterned paper to hold it down and provide some interest around the edges.

Here is another one....

For this I used a black and white photo of my son that was taken by his drama teacher. It was taken for the cast introduction of Wizard of Oz. Arjun was Merlin the monkey in the drama. All the kids did such a wonderful job in the drama. They are unbelievably talented. They had all been practicing for the last 5 months. 
Here I colored the background of the black and white photo with neocolor II crayons. This was one of the techniques taught by Céline in the class .... except hers looked much better. I added a layer of gesso to the busy background paper. I then colored most of the words with necolors and inktense pencils. The coloring part is really fun. I then added some colorful layers behind the photo and added some enamel dots for a little more pop of color.

I really want to get my technique of using the modeling paste right. I need to practice a little more. It creates a really fun texture on the layout. I will try this technique again and will keep you posted. Do leave me comments of your experience with mixed media. I would love to hear it.

Have a great day!
~Neela

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 11th Sketch for Sous


Happy Friday! Hope you like the sketch from SOUS today. I really like it for it's versatility. It can be interpreted in a ton of different ways. You should check out how each of the design team member interpreted this at SOUS. I loved looking at the projects and I know you will too.



And here is my interpretation. I have been taking a mixed media class at Studio Calico. All my fellow team members at SOUS are such experts at mixed media. It is real fun using all the different mediums and techniques. 




For this layout, I first covered the whole white cardstock with Gesso. I then let it dry overnight. I then cut it down to  11x11 so that my photo would cover the whole width of the cardstock. I then applied gel medium with a stencil. I got a glossy finish gel medium, I wish I had gotten a matt finish though. The gel has a little shine to it when it dries. I then used a vermillion  neocolor crayon to color the edges of the cardstock and then used some water to spread it around. I then kept adding more neocolor and water and mixed it around till I got the desired effect. I then sprayed some aqua and blue Studio calico mist over the gel medium and dried the neocolor and the gel medium with a roll of kitchen paper towels. I then added my photo with a few embellishments. I stuck this 11x11 cardstock on a 12x12 cardstock so that I had space for my journaling. I smeared some gold neocolor around the edges of the outer cardstock in order to tie it in with the embellishments on the page. And there you have it, that is my layout.

Below are a few close ups:

The photo itself is from our trip to Cancun a few years ago. Actually they are a series of photos that I stitched together with Photoshop elements to create this panoramic view. I loved this view from our room. 


I want to see what you do with this sketch. Do play along. You will be entered to win a prize from SOUS. Do you know that this month's sponsors are Scrapbook Circle? Have you seen their kits? They are amazing.
And the most important announcement of all, SOUS is having a design team call. Check out the details here.
Have a great day!
~Neela

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

March 28th sketch for SOUS

Welcome to another sketch challenge at SOUS. Hope you have been playing along with us and hope you will play with us this time. When I initially started playing along sketch challenges, I used to stick to the sketch exactly to the very last detail. But as time has passed, I have learnt to look at the sketch to get the essence of it and interpret it fit my photos or my ideas.
When I saw the sketch for this challenge, I knew that I wanted to do something special with the banners. I hardly ever use banners on any project. This might be only the third time that I am using a banner on my layout. I found the perfect cut file at Studio Calico to create my banner. I have linked the source in the supplies list below.


I didn't stick to the sketch a 100% this time. I changed out the size of my photos and I interpreted the the long banner on the right in my own way. But when you look at the layout, the overall essence of the sketch shines through.

Before I dive into the details of the layout, I want to mention that I am taking the Color Studio class at Studio Calico. If you have read any of my previous posts, you will see the layouts that I have made using the concepts learnt from this class. Here is the image of a color wheel that I found on pinterest. I like how it shows the cool and the warm colors.


You can find the link to this pin here. For my layout I used analogous colors(colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel) - blue, green and yellow. I have a lot of white too but that is my neutral color. I made a layout using analogous colors before but stayed on the cool side of the color wheel. You can see that layout here. This time by using yellow on this layout along with blue and green, I transitioned over from the cool to warm side. So I ended up having a little more contrast in the final result. 

Below is a close up of the banner. I cut it out with white cardstock and backed it with some patterned paper that seemed to go with the colors in the photos - yellow, green and blue. I then glued the top down and stitched across. This raised them a little bit and it truly looks like a hanging banner. I also added strips of vellum to the tops of the photos to dumb down the colors in the photos and let the banner pop a little more.


Below is my complete layout. I used two 4x6 photos and one 4x8 photos. I use Photoshop Lightroom to edit and print my photos. I print them at home with a HP officejet pro 8600. I keep running out of ink but I take my cartridges to costco and get them refilled. It is most definitely cheaper than buying new cartridges. Printing at home is expensive but I couldn't live without the convenience to print at my finger tips.


These are photos of my boys driving these jeeps at the lemon festival. We have it once a year here. The kids had a total blast horse riding, car racing, being bounced around in water in these huge balls, jumpee houses and many more activities.
Below is a close up of the journaling. I am loving these chipboard stars from Studio Calico.


Play along and you will be eligible for the monthly draw of the prize at SOUS. Check out the SOUS blog for more details about the dates and the prizes.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!
~Neela

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Using square colors from the color wheel

I am amazed by the results that I am getting each week when I end up making layouts based on the color scheme topic taught in the Color Studio class at Studio Calico. For this particular layout, I based the color scheme on a square color combo. This means, I picked 4 colors from the color wheel that are equidistant from each other. This combo has a balanced color scheme - 2 warm colors and 2 cool colors. I based my layout on a layout made by Corrie Jones for the class. All her layouts are usually amazing. Here are the 4 colors I picked for my layout:


Also be sure to check out this cool web site called color scheme designer where you can select different color schemes and how they work with each other. Here is a preview:


To follow the square theme, I divided the page into 4 quadrants and stamped my sentiment with the 4 different colors. I then added embellishments which matched the colors of the ink in the stamping. I then matted my photo matching patterned paper and added it to the center. The photo had to be black and white because it would have been hard to get one that would match the 4 colors I picked. It was a very simple page to make. Here is my layout:



I love this stamp that I got in one of my older Studio Calico kits. It says "live creatively"and I have been wanting to use it forever. I think this was the perfect opportunity to use it. Being able to think creatively and being able to make beautiful things is something that keeps me going and something that I love to do. So this saying completely reflects how I want to lead my life.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!
~Neela

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