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It's Mixed Media week on the Pink Paislee Blog! Mixed Media can be really fun or really intimidating for some people. I had a layout on the Blog on Wednesday, that shares a fun technique for expert or beginner Mixed Media users.
I thought it would be fun to add watercolors to a cut file, and match the watercolors to the Fancy Free collection by Paige Evans. I started the layout, by cutting the Sassy Circles cut file from The Cut Shoppe, which is a cut and fold design. I cut the design from White cardstock, and before folding the circles to the front, I painted each one with watercolor paints. This way, I could paint the circle halves without getting any paint on the front side of the layout.
Once the paint dried, I folded each of the circle halves over and then adding stitching with my sewing machine. I wanted to balance the circle design at the top of the page, so I punched the fun circles from one of the Fancy Free papers and added them to the bottom portion of the layout. I also wanted to continue the stitching, so I hand stitched around each of the punched patterned paper circles, with White embroidery floss.
After the background work was finished, I was ready to add my photo and embellishments. I wanted to keep the photo and embellishments clustered, to keep from covering up too much of the background. I also chose to do a Black & White photo, because I really love the contrast with the bright colors from the Fancy Free collection.
I hope you will give this watercolor technique a try on your next layout! It's fun and easy to coordinate your watercolors with a scrapbook collection, and create a unique Mixed Media look!