1. I began my layout by taking Prima's Fairy Belle Paper and creating a unique border with my paper punch. I did this in a haphazard way- no rhyme or reason. I purposely wanted it to look jagged and uneven in some places to give a care-free look. You can also take some type to scrunch the rest of the border that was left un-punched and ink the edged for a more defined look. Mount to cardstock or patterned paper.
2. I then mapped out which area on my paper I wanted to "white wash" with my Gesso. Using my paintbrush, I layered my Gesso on using a back and forth motion. I decided to create my design almost in the shape of a T, but any design will do!
3. Once your Gesso has dried you can add misting to your project! I tend to add my mists lightest to darkest, drying between colors and soaking up any unwanted muddy-ing of colors. If you don't like the results, you can always go over it again with another layer of Gesso.
4. Once your misting is dry, you can go about stamping your misted area. This can be as subtle or dramatic as you would like. During this step I tend to stamp dark in the middle to light as I reach the border where the Gesso stops. I also like to subtly stamp outside of the Gesso'd area so stamping doesn't stop so suddenly and have a hard edge.
5. For a more soft look, white wash your flowers and elements with Gesso. You can do this before or after you glue. I tend to white wash my flowers to help the flower blend together like a garden.
6. Begin to add your flowers and embellishments. For this layout I wanted to further emphasize my beach-y look so I added a natural color of cheesecloth over top my elements stretching in some areas for a more weathered look. Add other nautical elements and finishing touched to your liking and you are done!
And the final product for your viewing pleasure!
Again, what a pleasure it was creating for Prima. Stay tuned for some more creations in the near future!