“slap-on-some-paint” challenge

Well……it’s only been just over a week since my last post — {guess I must be getting good at this}.

I thought I would challenge you today to get your paints out of the closet…….or out of your rubbermaids…….or borrow some…..or just plain buy some to “slap some on” the next layout you create. You’re not scared already are you??!?  i LOVE using my paints on my creations — sometimes I have a plan……but most times I don’t {it’s the best way actually}.

So here are some ways that I use my paints — to help inspire you today.

My Sunkissed Angel:

The first addition of paint to this layout was the wash of white paint to the centre and around the machine stitched sun.  I brushed right over the edge of my photo, around the rays of the sun and down into the {right hand} corner of the layout.  Once dry, I could start adding my title and embellishments.

I love adding a little sparkle to a layout whenever I can, so…..I stamped my title with two different mSB letter stamps {Rustic Outlines} & {Colour Me} in three different colours of paint before adding a little tinge of lime green glitter to them.  I simply stamped with paint (I used a paint brush to add the paint to the stamps — I didn’t “dip” into paint) and then sprinkled the glitter on the letters while still wet.  I tapped the extra glitter off carefully into the garbage.

Here’s a closer photo of it:

I also added some flowers stamped in paint to the background of the layout.  I used the {a flower for you} stamp set.  I stamped both flower images right after the other, not re-applying more paint inbetween.  The second stamped image is more subdued — love the effect!!

The second way you can use paint on a layout is to create a whole background with paint.

THREE divers:

I started with a plain white piece of cardstock and stamped the “THREE 3″ images with black dye ink.  I used the combinations of mSB sets: {Tall Solids I & II} and {What’s your number?}.

I then used three different paint colours to create my background paper {plain cardstock just wasn’t cutting it for me}, painting right over the stamped title I had just done.  I really just “slapped it on”, not really thinking or planning where I wanted the paint in relation to everything else.  Once I had the background complete, I could add all the other layout elements.

I then was able to use the {Colour Me Not I & II} stamp sets to finish my title with red paint — “Divers”.  I love the look of mixing textures:  the flatness of the inked images with those done with thicker paint.

I even added a shell embellishment, salvaged from a broken necklace we picked up in Costa Rica on our family vacation.  Pop-dotted & blinged up; it’s the perfect addition to the layout.

I hope you have been inspired today to bring out your paints.  There are so many ways to use them and……………they are NOT scarey at all!!!!!!  Just slap it on and see where your creativity takes you.


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  1. Love the effect you get with this technique.

  2. Agata says:

    That’s a great challenge! I love the shell flower on 3 divers! :)

  3. Jolene says:

    I love the paint on the photo edges!

  4. Allison says:

    Freakin’ amazing Jill! Love your use of paint… just love your layouts in general! Stunning work!

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