Saturday, April 7, 2012

Coloring eggs..(and a layout how-to!)

Happy "Easter Eve!"

Today we colored eggs for Easter. The kids always have so much fun doing this! Just getting their hands dirty makes them ridiculously happy. I guess they really DO take after me, LOL!

After the egg coloring though, they went outside for play time, so momma got to "play" too! I wanted to scrap one of the above photos, but I had to do it my way. That means, I turned the photo black & white. I know, I know! "BUT.... Rebecca it's Easter, and they are coloring eggs, so WHY don't you make those photos color?" Well, to be honest, I felt I could get a more "colorful" page through technique rather than relying on just the photo, and I'll show you how I did it too. Here's the final layout, I really love it!

To make a page like this, you need to love color, and not be afraid of paint. You also need a bit of patience. But rest assured, if you take the time and put in the effort, a beautiful page will be the reward.

To begin, gather all the colors of the rainbow, plus "eleventy"..(LOL!) Why? You need to have enough colors to cover a 12" span, and I ended up with 12 colors, so it is about one inch per color. You can totally keep this in just one or two color families if that is your choice, just make sure you have plenty of shades of said colors, as that makes the final product very pleasing to the eye.

To do a layout like this, you need to have a little bit of control. The first part is easy. Print an 8 x 10 black & white photo. Mat it on black cardstock, and adhere that to a 12 x 12 piece of white cardstock. You can center it, or pull it off center either to the left or right(as I did). Then the fun begins..

Again, you need to CONTROL your paint application, so I recommend going ONE color at a time. I began on the left hand side of the page. I watered down my paint so it would be very runny and easy to manipulate. Place a bit at the top, and then pick up your layout and allow the paint to run. When you want it to stop, lay the page down and let it sit. IF you have a heat embossing tool, you can speed up this process by lightly drying/setting the paint. It doesn't need to be completely dry, just dry enough so that when you pick your layout up again, the previous color SHOULD NOT RUN....

Continue with the above steps until ALL the colors have been completed. Don't be afraid to allow some of the paint to run onto your photo. It will be OK, I promise! You have to take those kinds of chances with paint. Honestly, if you have the right mindset, there is no way you can make a mistake!

Is this a technique you think you might try? Let me know, and if you do it, link up your layout. I wanna see!



Madeline said...

Wow...that's incredible! Love how it looks, but I'm too chicken to let paint drip on my photos. I'd probably make a mess!

MindyRadio said...

Are you kidding me??? This is so freakin' cool! And I SOOO thought that about the black and white pic at first.....LOL

Staci said...

Wow! This looks cool!

Miae said...

This turned out so COOL! The colors contrast so nicely against the black and white pic! I love to drip paint too:)

a1983alaskan said...

How many times could I write FABULOUS to let you know that this layout is FABULOUS!!
Now I have to find a photo that I could turn to b&w so I can give the technique a try.
I saw the layout on Daily and had to come to your blog for the low-down. Thanks so much for sharing :-)

Anonymous said...

very, very cool!!!!

Frances said...

Amazing that it is B&W with the paint colors