Lately I've been diving in head first and working on wildly colorful layouts. It's been fun to just go for it and not shy away from the reds and yellows and purples. I'm not quite sure where the inspiration came from but I haven't been too timid with the colors on my projects!
I wanted to share I project I made using gelatos for the Maggie Holmes blog. Gelatos are just plain fun! That's the best way to describe them and once you start using them they will become a staple on a lot of your projects! Sometimes I have to tell myself not to use them because I've been using them so much.
Before I colored with the gelatos I used some gel medium and a few different stencils along the middle. Using a spatula I spread a thin layer of the gel medium over parts of the stencils. I used a polka dot stencil, an alpha stencil and a striped stencil but you can use any type that you have! You're left with a little subtle added texture that will show up once you continue on and color with the gelatos!
Then I took my page and colored down the middle using about an inch or two of each color (with the gelatos). After you've colored on the paper then get a wet paintbrush and paint down each strip until you've dissolved and blended the color. It takes a little practice to get the blending just right. I like to paint sort of wildly to get a few splatters in certain areas.
Once this was dry then I adhered my pieces across the painted area, layering in some areas and letting the paint peep through in others.
I always enjoy just a little painterly look to my projects. This gives you that look without being over the top.
There are so many possibilities with gelatos! I know that you'll love them! I plan to use them along with my watercolors and acrylic paints as much as I can. I find that I'm never bored and I'm always super surprised at the outcome!
Have a great week everyone!