The Drippy Page – a step-by-step

Issue 101 (on sale September 2013) has over 160 pages of inspiration and is my fave so far this year!!

In this issue I created a project using my ‘Drippy Technique” — actually, I created two projects but only one went into the magazine!

“Some 18 months ago while at the escape2create retreat, I had spent all weekend creating with paper and felt the need to try something a bit different! Inspired by the melted crayon techniques I had seen on Pinterest, I borrowed a heap of mists, gathered up all the flowers I could and let the colours guide me. Since then, I have loved using this technique on layouts, cards and canvases. You do need a little pateince to wait for the mists to dry as the finish is much better but you’ll love it just the same.”

Today, I’m going to share with you how to do this technique — and it’s not as not as easy as it looks!

Step-by-step to Create the Drippy Page

The first thing I do is prep my cardstock or base. I like to use Imaginarium Designs chipboard for my base as it does not buckle and holds shape really well.

I coat the whole background in Gesso. Gesso is my absolute favourite tool at the moment. What the Gesso does is works as a sealant on the background so that the paints and mists don’t soak into the background. This is fabulous for chipboard!

Gesso comes in a couple of different forms but I like to use Krylon Gesso Spray – it’s a little harder to find and super expensive but … it works a treat and gives a smooth finish. If you are using Gesso paste, make sure you get it on in a nice even layer.

Next I choose my mists. At the moment, I am seriously addicted to using Mister Hueys by Studio Calico – the colour is bright and vibrant and one spray is all you need. The difference between these and Glimmermist is that Mister Hueys is a flat colour rather than a glittery colour.

Then, I gather a few flowers together. I like to use Green Tara which are available here and I use what ever colours I have floating around. Once the mist goes on, the colour of the flower is covered! Perfect way to use those odd colour flowers you might have hanging around.

Next, give them a spray and either put them aside to dry in the sun or hit with a heat gun.

For the background, I use my hi-tech spray booth – otherwise known as cardboard box – stand your background up on an angle and start spraying. I spray one of each colour then go back over each layer once the drips have started!

Stop when it looks good!

Dry in the sun or with a heat gun.

With other mists, you may need to dry between coats , especially Glimmermist which will require a lot more layers to get the colour nice and rich.

Next add your flowers. I find a hot glue gun works best the glue them on! (No waiting for glue to dry and instant results! You can pick one up from Spotlight for under $10 – BARGAIN!)

And now you’re done! Add a photo and some embellies and you have created your own piece of brilliant!

NatMayHave fun and I look forward to seeing all your results! xxxxx

— Natalie


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