Hey Arty peeps, I'm back today sharing a layout and background tutorial I created for Flutterby Designs. Its messy, textural and celebrate all things mixed media!
First off, grab all your supplies you need to create your background. I've used a combination of Blue and Purple Dylusions Colour sprays, Black house paint, matt medium as my glue, Heidi Swapp alpha's and a heavy weight white cardstock. Also handy to have is a skewer stick, water spray and LOTS of paper towel!
Start off by sticking your alphas down onto your cardstock with the Matte Medium. However you arrange them is up to you... You can see I've drawn a square where I 'think' my photo may go... Once you have added all you alpha's, allow it to dry thoroughly in the sun or with a heat sun.
Start adding layers of Dylusions sprays, playing with the colours and pooling them in areas. You can dry between layers, and because these reactivate with water, dribble or flick sections with water to give a droplet effect.
This is the messy fun part, and there is no right or wrong way to do this. Experiment with spraying and pooling, and you can even un-do the top of the bottles and use the inner straw to flick colour directly to the page.
Once your happy with your colours, allow to dry in the sun or set with a heat gun. Using the wooden skewer, flick/dribble/splatter the black house paint over the top.
This will need some good drying time, but once its set you have a background ready to work on!
Dont be afraid if your page is buckling forward to give it a good bend backwards to get it to lay flat.