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This month's question is...
"How do I get that layered look without it looking like I threw everything in my scraproom onto the page?"
And thankfully, Iris Babao-Uy is here with the answer (and some inspiration)...
Hi everyone! This is Iris and I am very happy to be answering this question we received on our blog.
One thing I always do whenever I sit down to make a page is to take out my papers and start cutting out elements. It doesn't have to be intricate and exact cuts. It’s all about finding elements in your papers that you can turn into embellishments.
Next, I always start with a clean background. I love working with a white base because you can create your own color and add texture to your background at the same time. Working with a busy background will almost always throw your design off. Because you will be layering, you must make sure that your base is bright and clean so that you can effectively layer elements without making your design look too busy.
Next, You can use stencils for misting or coloring, or you can even go further and add texture with different mediums. For this page, I used glass bead gels over a brick stencil and colored it with pastel chalks.
Layering ribbons and trims over hand cut flowers and stems is also a great way to add layers and detail to your pages.
Another fun thing to do is to grab elements of different mediums like fabric, resin, paper and layer them one on top of the other to add visual interest.
One important thing to remember when doing layered designs is BALANCE. Make sure that the visual weight is evenly distributed. Think of your visual triangle. Select three points in your page where you want to make clusters and layers and concentrate on those. Also, it's wise to have a good amount of negative space or white space in your layout. This will balance the areas that are busy with layers with areas that are free of design. Allow some space for the eyes to rest and you will see that your design will become more appealing.
I hope these few tips will help you get started designing your own layered creations!
Thanks for stopping by the blog and allowing me to share my art and passion with you.