Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Tranquil Moment {With NEW Websters Pages 'Plum Seed' Collection}!

Webster's Pages recently put out their NEW mid-season release called 'Plum Seed'!  This collection is filled with fresh spring colors but also has some mellow contrasting colors as well.  For my layout above I chose the more laid back warm beachy colors in the collection.  I embellished using some of the Websters Pages Perfect Accents (heart, oval frame) and WP's Metal Charms, fussy cut some of the blooms from the patterned paper and finished it with some Dusty Attic Chipboard (Corner Flourish #1
Here I gave the Websters Pages Perfect Accents frame  light whitewash with some Gesso to give it a more shabby-chic finish.
 
I finished my chipboard pieces in my favorite way, first painting them with Gesso, then I gave it a good coat of a Vanilla acrylic paint (off-white), then brushed the edges with a chestnut brown inkpad (Colorbox), and then applied some Dusty Attic Crackle Varnish to each of the pieces.

The heart design is a Websters Pages Perfect Accents resin piece (it's usually in a peach/orange color) but I painted the whole thing with Gesso and then lightly brushed it with some brown chalk ink to fit in better with the colors I chose for this page.  I also added some texture/design to the page using a mask and some home-made texture paste (I've shared my recipe with you all before, but if anyone missed it, I thought I'd re-print it here).....
 
Homemade Smooth Texture Paste

1/4 cup Talcum Powder (I used Johnson's Baby Powder, Make it smell good too!!)

1 tablespoon White All purpose School Glue

1 tablespoon White Craft Paint

Some Water 

Instructions:  Combine talcum powder, glue, white paint with disposable chopsticks (or plastic spoon) in an airtight container, adding water to get it to the consistency you are looking for.  You want a nice thick texture much like toothpaste.  The mixture will keep perfectly for many months. Here is a basic step by step on how I apply it.... 

Lay your mask onto your page where you want your design to show (It helps to outline in pencil your photo placement).  Using an old credit card or a palate knife, apply texture paste onto mask in nice firm even strokes.

This is how your texture design will look when you lift the mask.  The paste dries nice and quick but if you want to speed up the process and help to keep your page from getting buckles, it helps to apply a little heat/air with a blow dryer on a low setting.  You can spray your design with mists now if you like, or rub on some inks.  I chose to just leave it white for this layout because I just thought it gave a nice contrast to the background.  Once the paste is dry, continue to add your embellishments to finish your page.
 
I hope you enjoyed my project today and hope you'll give the texture paste a try!  I just love it and I think you will too! xo

84 comments:

carlies said...

wow very stunning as alway's love the tutorial to and al the soft color very romantic

XX Carla

pattyo said...

Always a pleasure to see what you've done next! I love how you toned down the Webster embellishments to give them a shabby chic look. Great tip! This is beautiful! I could use a place like the one in your photo today!!

Margaret Mifsud said...

A gorgeous layout Gabrielle. Love the color palette and your fussy cut flowers. I made some of that texture paste and I love it!! Thank you for sharing the recipe. ox

Becky said...

wow, your page is just gorgeous!

Val Thorpe said...

I love this layout it is so peaceful and relaxing just like the photo. I never knew that you could make your own texture paste. Will definitely give it a go.

langeatheart said...

I love this page it's so mellow! The mask is gorgeous! Have to look for that one. Love it! xo

Romy said...

Gosh, I just love how you made these papers matching your style by focusing on the soft tones and creating this wonderful, romantic lay-out with them.

Sandra said...

Gorgeous page :) What a fabulous way of creating texture paste... I bet it smells delicious too.
Thanks so much for sharing xx

Danoesja said...

Hi Gabrielle

Its a very romantic LO, so soft with this colors. I like this photo al lot, so relaxing.

Hugs, Danoesja

Jane said...

Wow! This is absolutely stunning and a stunning photo too! hugs, Jane x

Sandra said...

Gaby this is amazingly beautiful and the colour of the paper works really well with your photo, I love the tranquil feel of this page. Thanks for sharing the texture paste recipe.

Cindy Gay said...

Always appreciate the tutorial. Lovely page.

Lizzyc said...

Oh your layout is so gorgeous.. pretty and uncluttered.. and I have printed off your recipe for texture paste, thanks for sharing that!!

chrissies said...

Wonderful art work and thank you for the recipe

Love Chrissie x

Maria said...

Very nice page! And thanks for the lesson, very useful and interesting!

Sandie Edwards said...

Wow, this is so pretty ....

Блоха Ольга said...

Gabriella, your scrapbook page as always - great! Always happy to come to your blog! And invite me to visit, I'd be happy to see you and read your comments! Olga, Russia.
http://blohaolga.blogspot.ru/2013/06/blog-post_14.html

Sapimanó said...

Gabriella! Thank you so much for this great idea! I tried the pasta and I love love love it!
HIGS! Andi :)

joyce said...

Aww...that photo really drew me in here. I could so use some tranquility in my life right now. The colors and details are so very pretty. I hope DH is at Home Depot right now picking up some drywall tape for you...can't wait to see what you do with that. ;)

Kay said...

This is so lovely. Thank you for the DIY on the paste too! Can't wait to try it!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

So serene...and lovely. Thanks so much for the tutorial on the texture paste. Clever you!

LISA said...

Such a beautiful and calming layout. From the colors, to the softness of all of the lacy swirls. Just divine.

torridgewomble said...

Texture paste how abs. amazing, thankyou for sharing, all work beautiful.

Barbara

Bideford, UK

Carmen said...

I so love your work! Your pages are just beautiful. Thank you for this homemade smooth texture paste recipe!

dragonswing said...

Thanks for the paste recipe. I ordered some from my local scrapbook store 2 months ago, and she still hasn't gotten it in.

fiona said...

I love this effect, thank you so much for sharing a cheap and simple recipe. Loving the blog :)

Jane x

Digideb said...

WOW! This is absolutely gorgeous. I bought molding paste a couple of months and haven't tried it - but you inspired me. And what you did with this kit is just breathtaking.

Sandra said...

I noticed your baby powder says pure cornstarch - wonder if that would work in place of baby powder?

Sandra said...

awesome work!! I noticed your baby powder says pure cornstarch - I wonder if that would work as well :)

Laura Fernandez said...

Excelente tuto...eres fantastica y soy tu fan!!!

Caroline said...

Yay, I have your recipe at last!! Thank you so much!! C :))

Barbara Bruder said...

Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try this out.

Roulien Stahnke said...

This is GREAT! Thanks for sharing the "recipe"!

jasann said...

Thanks so much for this recipe, I live a long way from a craft store, and was worried about the freight costs if I ordered it on internet, now I don't have to worry, just whip it up with the ingredients I have at home, Thanks so much!!

Karen Stasus said...

I'm relatively new to scrapbooking - love making cards and doing pages- your work is so inspiring and your tips on how to make product at home are much appreciated. I am a big fan!!! Thank you!

Karen Stasus said...

I'm relatively new to scrapbooking - love making cards and doing pages- your work is so inspiring and your tips on how to make product at home are much appreciated. I am a big fan!!! Thank you!

Rosalia Martin said...

I can't describe how much I enjoy your work. The mix media art u creat is tremendously inspiring. Thank u for sharing. I will incorporate some of your techniques in my work. Just fabulous!!!!!

Rosalia Martin said...

Words can't begin to describe how I enjoy watching your videos. Love the mix media and steampunk style.

Silvia Gonzalez said...

Thank you so much for sharing your art, it s amazing! I love it and Im going to try your recipie of the modeling paste, thanks
Silvia

Linda D. said...

Thank you! I will try this. I wonder if adding a teaspoon of alcohol will extend it's life? I will try that.

Con said...

Is this paste archival safe for scrapbooking use?

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Con,I'm not sure about it being archival safe. But then I'm pretty sure the texture pastes you buy in the hobby shops are not marked archival safe either. I can tell you that I've used this texture paste recipe for over a year now and there have been no adverse effects to my photos from using it and it has held up nicely on my projects. :)

majda annaihum said...

Thank you for the recipe,I tried it with corn starch worked well but I had some crackles after it has dried I don't know where did I go wrong.

dgalamode said...

I made the paste with glitter paint... beautiful! I wish I'd had your recipe years ago, thank you!

Julie said...

So happy to have found this fun and easy to make recipe for dimensional medium! Thanks so much for sharing.

Marianne H said...

Thanks you for sparing your wonderful and inspiering work, i just love it. The home Madeleine paste is lovely, Thanks a lot :) :)

rita rooney said...

stunning work.x

Geena Wixom said...

Great layout, as always :) Thx for sharing ur texture paste recipe! Sounds super easy, gonna have to try it. Will be so much cheaper then buying.

Marilyn M said...

Found your blog via Pinterest and just made the texture paste. My first attempt was too thin, but I added more powder and will try again. The one I did turned out pretty good and I used a sponge and added some ink to the top of the letters. Looks pretty good. Thank you for the recipe and can't wait to check out the rest of your blog.

SuzieAngel said...

I love all your work…You are amazing at putting together something so beautiful out of thin air!
Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and I would love to own one of your pieces to see with my own eyes! :-)

Candace Scarborough said...

Love your canvases. I watch most of your YTube vids though I don't leave comments. Really loved the Steampunk Style Mixed Media Canvas, right up my alley. Thanks for sharing your work with the us..

lesley lawton said...

hi i have just discovered your blog your work is amazing i will look forward to seeing more thank you xx

Guiltypleasures said...

I have been watching your YouTube videos for awhile and I have been so inspired by your art work and how simple you make it all look. You are so talented and are wonderful to share your process of creating these amazing pieces as well as instructions for making your own products such as the texture paste. Thank you so much and as always I look forward to seeing more of your works.

Becky Cantu said...

Hi! You are so amazing! I love all of your work. You have inspired me to try mixed media canvas. Thank you for sharing such wonderful talent! Becky

Johanna said...

Hey, I wanne thank you so much for this blog. You inspired me and I want to make my environment beautiful like you do. Please go on being creative, its a gift. Greatings from Germany. Johanna

Hovawart said...

Thank you for this and all your other tutorials! As it turns out (surprise!) you didn't use any talcum powder in your recipe. (Note bottle says pure cornstarch.) I noticed because (a) I work with babies; and (b) that has been puzzling me lately, and it seems that talcum powder, which is made from powdered talc, would possibly give a different, better texture paste than cornstarch, because of course talcum is a mineral (a rock, in fact) and cornstarch is a starch (a carbohydrate). I'd love to have you try this with real talcum powder and let us know if you like it better, or maybe not so much; perhaps how it behaves differently or lasts longer or shorter, or takes color better or less well. You've got the experience with the one, and once you test the other, you can tell us what you liked better and why. Have I convinced you to try? I hope so! Thanks again.

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Yes, thanks so much for reply! I've always assumed talcum powder and baby powder were the same thing! The other day I needed to make a new batch of texture paste and since I was out of baby powder I tried it with corn starch and it worked just as well for me. I will go out and get some talcum powder to try with this recipe snd see if I get a new texture to use....thanks so much for tge suggestion, I will let you know how it turned out ;)

Inna litvinchuk said...

Wow!!!! Stunning!!! Thank you sooo very much for a pleasure!!!! You are awesome!!

Sve4ka said...

Thank you for the tutorial!

ellie said...

Thank you for the texture paste recipe!! Love your work!

Maureen Hayes said...

Your work is always stunning and, of course, this is no exception. Thank you so much for the texture paste recipe. Mediums can be so costly, and also very toxic, and I really appreciate this wonderful alternative.

Linda Muir said...

I love, love your work and it has inspired me to give this a try. I am really a photographer, but now, would like to incorporate my photography into mixed media. I do have a question however. How does one keep the finished mixed media canvas clean from dust etc.? Thanks for sharing your process and artwork.

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Thanks so much Linda! This sounds funny but what I do is just blow the dust off, just short blasts. It doesn't need it very often, tops once a year. If you are worried about getting dust in your face doing that, then try using a turkey baster to blast a little air over the dusty parts. I do the same with some of my dry flower arrangements etc. xo

Barb said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. Very creative work.
Barb

Katie Lamb said...

had so much fun mixed up the home made gesso. it reminded me of being at school when you used to mix things together just to see what happens. Love the layout as well.

TechLady said...

Please define "white craft paint" Is it acrylic? watercolor? kids' paint? Please define - I want to use this recipe and am new to the art world :) thanks in advance!

Gabrielle Pollacco said...
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Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi there! By craft paint I mean white acylic paint like Folk Art, Basic,...basically any brand of white acrylic paint you can get at your local craft store....I went even cheaper and used a white acrylic paint from my local dollar store (it worked perfectly) ;) ...hope this helps! :)

Michelle Motta said...

Thanks so much for sharing this diy, I loved it, I tried it and used it for a card and my first mini journaling page :)

Lainey Jones said...

Gabrielle I have just discovered you. What beautiful work, particularly your mixed media canvas work. You're an inspiration! Going to give this a go. Hope it looks as good as yours! X

Mikaela Villaluz said...

Can i use a acrylic paint instead of White Craft paint ?

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Yep, that is exactly what I mean by craft paint,...any brand white acrylic paint ;)

JoyceMajestic said...

I just found your creative works recently and your formula for the homemade texture paste. I am new to all of this and was just going to buy some of the Ranger brand texture paste but may try making my own. Is texture paste able to be applied to a wood box that I used Folk Art Wood Tint on as my base background do you know? I have not sealed it yet and am not sure if I should seal it first with cream wax before applying a texture paste and other paints. Thanks for your videos they are awesome!

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Joyce, I've applied the texture paste to all sorts of surfaces including wood (am doing a project at the moment on wood) and it works fine on it. Thanks for the kind feedback ;)

JoyceMajestic said...

Thank You Gabrielle. Appreciate your time to answer and comment.

michaela stanley said...

Hi. I was using this paste with some stencils, and I forgot to clean them till a couple days later.... now the texture paste is dried on, and filling in the stencil holes... is there an easy way to clean the stencils with dried on paste? thanks

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Michaela, try soaking your stencils in warm soapy water for a while and then gently rubbing off the paste....it works for me ;)

Unknown said...

Gabrielle, your work is AMAZING!! I accidentally came across your Youtube videos and I am so glad that I did. I encrust objects with beads and crystals. I came across a great deal on journals and sketch books a while back. I designed simple things on them but they did not sell. After watching your videos I am inspired to work on them again. I have about 25 of differing sizes. In playing around with some letter stencils I discovered that wallboard joint compound works just like your paste. BTW, I did do your recipe and I love it. The compound is what you use on drywall. It's super cheap too. $8 for a 12 pound tub which is just under a gallon.
Do you know where I can buy clock/watch gear stencils? I've searched the Internet and have only come across one Steampunk stencil. I want to use individual gears on my works. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Lori Yee said...

Hi Gabrielle,
I love your work, All your work you do. I wanted to ask about the stencil you are using on this layout?? the brand or name of stencil? I have a project I am working on right now that this stencil would work perfectly for. Thank you so much for reading this and if you have time to answer this thank you very much for taking your time to respond if you get the chance. I know you're so very busy. Have a wonderful weekend.

Gina McCracken said...

I am such a fan of everything you do plus you're tutorials are heaven sent. All my crafting knowledge is because of you. Thank you for being a wonderful teacher and sharing your methodologies and creativity with us. I appreciate all the time plus hard work you have put forth in order to educate us and wish you nothing but the best in all your endeavors.
Thank you sooooo very much♥♥♥♥♥

Marcia Ferreira said...

Sou brasileira e descobri voce no youtube amei , seus projetos são espetáculo nota 1oooooooo....

Lindy said...

I happen upon your work and have finally found someone who does what I am looking for ........ Absolutely stunning!!!! Thank you for sharing!!

Sonette Bosch said...

Thank you for this lesson and the recipe. I love your page.

Pam English said...

Thank you for sharing your homemade recipe. I made some using a cream paint and I am loving it

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