Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Paint and Gesso Background

Paint is such a fun medium.  It is also readily available and mostly very inexpensive.  Although... I have been experimenting with some different paints for mixed media and have gotten into some pricey ones - pricey for me anyway.  The red "heavy body" paint in the video below was $14 full price.  Of course, I waited until Michaels had a sale :-)  Still, most of my paints are craft paints that are less than $1 a bottle.  I've also used some gesso and ink on this background.  It is just so fun to mix these different products together and play with colors.

The dimension on this page really doesn't show in the videos.  It looks a bit messy here but it is cool in person. (I'm sure they don't say 'cool' anymore but I still do.)

The embellishments are those from a video a couple of weeks back on making your own chalkboard embellishments.  I thought they were perfect for a page about Dillon who at 12 just started Junior High.  Jaime is a teacher so even more applicable to have the chalkboard look.  She now has 5th and 6th graders.

I left the journaling blank so she could fill in what she wanted when she put the page in her album.
She's always calling and saying 'Do you know what my kid did today?'  The answer can go either in the proud or the 'I can't believe he did that!' category.

The pink color here is some glossy craft paint which I really like.  And it is super cheap.

The red is the expensive Liquitex which I also like.  I just like too many things!

Watch at YouTube


Thanks for stopping by today!  Later in the week, I'll have a new Christmas card featuring Washi tape.


  1. The chalkboard elements are so striking against the background, Lisa. Love what you did with the mixed media too. Will you teach me how to get "messy"? :)

  2. Love your background and the chalk elements! So creative. Looks like you having great fun getting messy!

  3. What a creative streak you have and I love what you came up with. Great video too. TFS!

  4. you created such a fabulous bg on this layout Lisa-loved watching the video to see your creative process-awesome my friend

  5. What a fabulous background!! And I love the idea of giving a page as a gift and leaving the journaling area blank for the recipient to fill in!!


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