You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges our new Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.
This month, the very creatively-minded Christa issued the challenge and here's what she wrote:
Part of growth is learning new techniques. And I do mean NEW. Sometimes we are afraid to try something or get in a rut..but for the August reveal I am asking that you find a technique WITH a video and include the link in your post. Learn something new. Share where you learned it and then share what you learned and your creation. I hope this is challenging for you...it might take some time to think about!
You do not need to make your OWN video just share the one you used to create your technique. If possible be sure to get permission from the maker of that video so we can be respectful!
Pinterest has some great videos.
What better way to grow as a scrapbooker than by learning something new to add to your creative repertoire! Christa gave me some Kroma crackle as a Christmas gift, and I've used it twice, but in both cases, I did not get the results I expected, and definitely nothing close to the pretty samples I would see on the Kroma Facebook page. So I went You-tubing, and sure enough Kroma has a few how-to videos posted. I watched 2 or 3, but this one was the most beneficial.
Well, I learned a lot from this video -
a.) I was being too stingy with the stuff on my previous attempts
b.) I wasn't topping it with a coating.
I tried it out on 2 tags, varying my materials slightly on each tag. On one tag, I layered acrylic paint, Kroma, acrylic mat medium (I couldn't find the Kroma brand but used something the art store gal said should work), and then more acrylics on top. On this tag that I created around, I layered acrylic paint, Kroma crackle, acrylic mat medium, and gelatos.
I then created an art journal page around the tag. Often when I am working with stencils, I sandwich a used stencil between the pages of my art journal, giving me a base to build upon later. This is one of those. In this case, I had worked with a dotty stencil using a texture medium that left these fun scallops on my art journal page. I gessoed the page, and then started painting on it with glimmer mists and glaze.
Here's my finished page. I kept it quite light in terms of layers and embellishments to show off the tag, and to highlight my text. The back story for this page is that I know a lot of people, family and friends, who are hurting right now - for a variety of reasons ranging from major health issues to family concerns. Some are near and some are far, and for the most part, I am at times feeling quite helpless to do anything. So I wanted to remind myself of the best thing to do, which is to pray for them.
I hope you will stop by and see what the rest of the incredible Inspiration Elevator designers have created: