Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Mixed Media Layout: Explore (Submission for ColourArte Dt Call)


Today, I have made a Mixed Media Layout titled "Explore". 

This is my submission for the ColourArte DT Call 2017. You can check out their awesome products here.

The theme of this layout is vintage. I have used a vintage photo of Qutub Minar which is a World Famous Monument. The title reads, " Every Picture Tells a Story" and the subtitles read, "Travel, discover, explore the past". It is a layout in celebration of exploration, discovery and travel. 
I have used water coloring to create the background and add depth and definition. And then done stencilling and background stamping. Splatter has been created with distress inks.

Synopsis of the Procedure:

1. A Vintage photograph, some sheets of old book papers, corrugated cardboard were taken and torn roughly to create a worn, deckled look. Then distress ink was sponged around the edges of these papers to create a more distressed look. All these papers were layered and adhered together. 

2. The background was created with a water colored look. The color palette was browns and blues with black added for depth. Layers of color were added using prima water soluble oil pastels, distress inkpads and zig clean color real brush pens using an aqua brush, till the desired effect was achieved. Then splatter was created with a fan brush and distress ink.

3. The papers prepared in step 1 were adhered to the background created. Then stencil work was done using a blending foam and distress inks. Further interest was added, with some background stamping here and there. 

4. The chipboard title (Colored with a black alcohol marker), arrow shaped die cuts and sticker words were adhered and then  gauze (which was colored with distress ink) and jute cord were added for texture. 

5. In the end, a little more depth was added to some of the areas with a black zig marker and an aqua brush. 

Here are a few step by step process photographs:

Here are a few close- up photopgraphs of the finished project:

List of Supplies:

General Supplies:
Canson Montval 300 gsm Watercolor Paper
Vintage photograph of Qutub Minar
Old Book Pages
Corrugated Cardboard
Aileen's tacky glue 
Ranger's Round blending  tool and foams 
Black Alcohol Marker
Sakura- White Gel Pen

Prima Oil Pastels Pack of 24 (Water soluble)
Ranger's Distress Inkpads- vintage photo, brushed corduroy, peacock feather, broken china, black soot
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Stencils and Stamps:
Prima Finnabair Mini Checkered Stamp
Mudra Old Script and Washi Tape Mini Stamp 
Icraft Stencil (came with Our Idea Book magazine)
Little Birdie Script Stencil

Jute Cord
Tim Holtz Idealogy Chit Chat Stickers
Mdf Title 
Die cuts- Spellbinders (directions die)

Thanks for your time :)
Love reading your comments.
Stay Blessed! 


  1. i love the image you used in your layout, thanks for you interest in being a part of the ColourArte team

  2. Loved the layout...graceful

  3. Wowzas! The texture here makes my heart so happy. This is a stunning layout and I could stare at it for a good long time (in fact, I did).