VIDEO: Color Theories - Purple // 12x12 Mixed Media Layout Process Video

June 24, 2017

Happy weekend crafty friends! I hope you are able to dive into a crafty project this weekend. I had the pleasure of continuing my series with Ariana from The Crafty Ways. We have made it to the purple colors of the rainbow. I really think this one may have been the hardest yet! I don't have a ton of purple in my stash nor do I have any photos that scream that they should be scrapped in purple, but I persisted. I settled on scrapbooking this photo of my cat which had enough neutrals in it that I should swing it any way. So, let's hop in to it!

My white cardstock background took some rough mixed media on it. Although I did gesso my paper, it wasn't the highest quality and I did saturate it with water. It's weak and curling at the edges, but it's still alive! I used my watercolors and the packaging technique to achieve this look on the background. If you don't have the color paper  you want, why not just create it? I love how it shoes so many different textures while still being flat and workable. You can see some streaks, puddles, and marbling in the background. If you do plan to do mixed media techniques on your background, be sure to have paper towels and a heat gun on hand. Otherwise, you'll have a mess everywhere and you'll be waiting a while for dry time. I used a stencil from the Wild Whisper shop and some gold modeling paste for additional texture. My tutorial is below in this video, but I also have more details to share with you.

The hardest part of this layout was the embellishing. I knew that I didn't have a lot of purple in my stash and I could've made some more purple elements, but I wanted to think more outside of the box. I ended up using some wood veneer from Maggie Holmes for my title after I had painted it purple using acrylic paint.

I created a cluster around my title piece by first layering a small white doily underneath my title piece. I also layered a small gold patterned tag from Joann's under the right side. I tucked an arrow paper clip from Freckled Fawn to add more emphasis. To complete this cluster, I used sequins designed by Spiegel Mom Scraps for Wild Whisper and some gold sequins.

Next, I dove into some washi tape! I have a ton, ton, ton of purple washi tape and I have no idea why. I used one gold washi tape to help ground my layout. I put a long strip at the bottom of my page. I also included a short strip under my title piece (which you can't really see),and a strip under my photo. I layered my photo of my cute cat on some light purple patterned paper from K & Company.

This layout is simple, but the purple background really packs a punch! Do you find yourself scrapping with purple often? I know that I rarely use it on my own, but I do like to use it along side of blues and yellows. I hope you have been enjoying this series. Let us know what other type of series you would like to see in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Love your comment about the cat hair - they do show up in some interesting places!


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