I hate to waste anything, whether it be ink sprays, unused scrapbook paper, gelli prints that didn’t work out or paints. I take random colored card-stock and place them in between my pages or off to the side. I use up any excess paint through a stencil, clean off the brayer or use up any paint left on brushes on these papers. It also collects any over spray from inks and I use them to block off part of a page I don’t want stamped. I have a little tote full of scrap papers and other odds and ends in hopes I can use it for other mixed media projects.
Here’s a small sample of some of the papers I am working with today.
I cut random shapes to form houses and arrange them until I have a color pattern I like.
I use matte medium to glue and seal all the pieces. (you can use whatever glue you have)
Now the fun begins! Grab whatever pens, markers, stamps, pencils and start decorating. I use charcoal pencil to outline the windows and doors then use a water pen to blend it out a little. (I am pretty sure that’s not the right way but I love the look) I make the door knobs, stamp around in some areas. There really is no limit to your imagination!
Here is the finished look and a few other houses I have made.
Aren’t they cute!!
Finally here’s some I used in my journal.
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and are inspired to make your own! Stay tuned for mop up paper uses!