Monday, December 6, 2010

A tutorial

Happy Monday everyone!!! I figured it was time to do a little tutorial for everyone. Back in the summer I had tons of fabulous comments on this layout:
I also got a lot of people asking how I did it. Since I never took pictures of the process I decided to make another layout using the same technique. I got the idea for this technique from Dina Wakely and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. These two ladies inspire me so much and I encourage you to check out their blogs because they offer fabulous online classes that are sooooo worth taking. They do a similar technique using Gesso but I thought it would be fun to try something a little different using Gel Medium. So here is my first ever online tutorial!!!!

1. Start by painting or spritzing your background paper in the desired areas.
I used Tattered Angels Glimmer mist.

2. Let paint dry

3. Using your Gel Medium spread out a thin, smooth, even coat over the areas that you will be stamping.

4. Using stamp of your choice stamp an nice even pressure in desired area. *Make sure to not move stamp around. Due to the medium stamp can slide easily)*

5. Gently remove stamp.You can continuously stamp over areas as long as stamp doesn't have too much material in it. The cleaner the stamp the cleaner the image will be.
* If you are not happy with image simply smooth over and re stamp an image.

6. Let Gel Medium dry. It takes at least 12 hours to fully dry but I recommend leaving it for at least 24 hours. I live on the west coast so drying time takes FOREVER!!!! Some of the dryer areas of the world don't take this long.

7. Once dry you can start adding more colour. Choose mist colour of your choice and spritz over desired area. Gently rub over area with paper towel. Repeat process until happy with result.

For the clouds I used a lighter shade of blue first and a darker blue second. I did the same for the grass. When you choose your paint colours always start with the lighter shade.

*Gel Medium once dry acts as a resist. What ever colour is under the gel medium will remain that colour*
And here is mu finished page.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little tutorial.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing Andrea! My know how stops at spray your paper with mist, LOL. LOVE the layout!

  2. That is soooooooooooooooo cool Andrea!! I love love love love that new lo you made!! JUST GORGEOUS!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. WOW!! This is amazing....until reading the tutorial, I thought this was a digital LO!!