Hi All! Today I am highlighting a simple and fun technique; crayon resist. This technique is super easy and yet it challenged me to get out of my comfort zone a bit by playing more with mixed media. I was inspired by this blog post from mixed media expert; Julie Fei-Fan Balzer here: Crayon Resist Background.
To begin, grab a white crayon and draw out your design. For my layout, I drew my title, a large heart and a few other doodles. Then I painted over the crayon designs with watercolors. The crayon resists the watercolors leaving this fun effect:
See? Easy peasy! (*NOTE: I did find it a bit difficult to see the white crayon on the white cardstock, so one might want to lightly sketch out design in pencil first and then erase before adding watercolor).
I decided to outline my crayon drawings with a fine point black marker to make the designs pop a bit more.
Next, I used an exacto knife to cut my Basic Grey chipboard heart in half and also cut a slit through my cardstock for it to "pierce" the heart.
I added another slit for the other half of the arrow here:
Then I added my photo, embellishents, some machine stitching, stamping, rub-ons and a few all-over punches backed with cardstock. A fun and bright layout that actually came together pretty quickly. I definitely will be trying this technique again! :)
**NOTE: this card stock is super thick and difficult to punch through. My MS all-over punch met an early demise when I tried to punch through the cardstock a second time. Fair warning! :/
If you give this technique a try, please post your creation in Come On Get Crafty's Inspiration Gallery Here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/comeongetcraftygallery
STORE ITEMS USED: Pink Paislee Cottage Farms Press Ons ("be you")
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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Thursday!