Wednesday, 16 November 2016

No Rain, No Rainbows by Melinda Sweetman

Hi there Colour Blast fans!! Melinda here with you today sharing this page I made using a cut file and some of the gorgeous Colour Shimmer Sprays and Colour Sprays!!

Here is the page I created and oh boy, I had so much fun playing with this! I do have a process video that you can watch here and you can also read on for a bit of a step by step!

First up I cut this title and the clouds on my cameo and while it was still on the mat I coated in gesso as I knew I was going to water colour it and the gesso gave it a little barrier of protection :)

After that was dried out I picked out my rainbow colours.

Left to Right:
Love Colour Spray, Tangereen Dream Colour Shimmer Spray, Saffron Colour Spray, Envy Colour Shimmer Spray, Sapphire Colour Spray and Violet Colour Spray. As you can see I have a pot of water and a paint brush so I just started applying the colours in rainbow order making sure that where 2 colours joined up there was an overlap and room for them to blend a little.

This is such a fun way to use the sprays and I love how it dried off!!

After it was all dried I decided I wanted the whole lot to sparkle so I pulled out my Snow White Colour Shimmer Spray and applied a quick coat by spraying over the whole file and leaving to air dry. The sparkle is SO pretty!

I forgot to take photo's but I used the same technique on the clouds - both the ones attached to the rainbow and the loose ones - this time using a combo of the Steel Colour Shimmer Spray and the Snow White Colour Shimmer spray. Because, storm clouds are grey, and when the rain stops and the rainbow starts to shine they start to lighten up ;)

I left that to dry off and started work on my back ground which is a piece of white card stock. My first attempt was done using white gesso but I decided after I started that I didn't want that off-white colour across my whole page so switched it out for another piece that I used clear gesso on!

These progress shots are taken on the white gesso and the final page is the clear gesso.

As you can see in the photos further down I mapped out where I wanted the title, the clouds and the photo using a pencil and then got to work on the colours!

I knew I wanted to do the blue using the packaging technique and the Sapphire Colour Spray mixed with a bit of the Snow White Colour Shimmer Spray for some sparkle.

This technique is super quick and easy and so effective for a water colour-y back ground! I used the nozzle to apply a couple of drops of the sapphire to the plastic and then the nozzle from the snow white and mooshed it together like this:

And then, literally, I flipped the packaging over so the colour was face down and smooshed the plastic onto the cardstock until I was happy with the colours/effects I got.

And then dried that off quickly with my heat tool and was left with this. I love it! 

I then decided in continuing the whole "no rain no rainbows" theme to add in some grey/silver using a paint brush and some Steel Colour Shimmer Spray. 

And as a final touch for the colour I added splatters using the same paint brush in both the Sapphire Colour Spray and the Steel Colour Shimmer Spray.

It was at this point I decided to switch out my background as I decided I didn't want to add any colour behind where my photo was going to be so I have this background awaiting a different use ;)

From here I attached my title using some foam adhesive, my painted clouds, my photo, a flair from my stash and the very important (to me) journalling. I also added some stitching around the whole page after I mounted it onto a rainbow diagonally striped paper and also around the tiny layer of paper behind my photo. A mega giant roller stamp with the whole alphabet and numbers spelling out Winter 2016 in a few places and the page was done!! 

Love how this came together and love that I got this story told. If you can't read the journalling here it is:

"Like Winter, life is filled with storms and I am always reminded that with no rain, no rainbows. 
Every year I get excited when I see the my 1st rainbow and nearly, without fail, every time, I am reminded of just how beautiful life is. Rainbows are one of my favourite things about Winter as they always come AFTER a storm and are a promise of things to come."

And here is another shot of the final page and a couple of close up's.

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to stop by and check out my page. I had so much fun playing with the different sprays as water colours and also that oh so easy packaging technique. If you haven't given it a try yet, you so should! And if you have been playing with your Colour Blast goodies we would love to see your creations over in our Facebook group Colour Blast Creative Corner!

Have a fantastic, scrappy day!

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