I’ve always been more of a neutral color fan. I feel like it’s only been in the past year or two that I’ve really branched out and worked in lots of different colors. I love off-whites and brown backgrounds. I love black text on beige paper. I love kraft paper and chipboard, and I love the timeless, sophisticated quality to all of the above.
So, every once in a while, I go back to those first loves and just go crazy. This canvas blends so many of my favorite things- neutral color paper with text, white and brown accents, text washi-tape, ink-stained muslin, etc. It’s pretty awesome, in my opinion. 🙂
Neutral Color Scrapbook Canvas
What I love most about this layout, is the negative space that’s actually full of text and other images. I whitewashed the whole thing with Distress Crackle Paint, but you can still see everything underneath. Yet now, with the whitewash, it’s almost as if everything else is on top of a fresh, clean canvas. I love that this piece has that look and feel.
- The first step was to cover the surface with various papers. Everything piece I chose was covered with text.
- I darkened it with some walnut ink, and then paint the surface with Tim Holtz’ Distress Crackle Paste, for a crackly, whitewash effect. Awesome. 🙂
- Quick Tip- if you use crackle paste, I would recommend sealing it with some gel medium. It can tend to flake a bit, especially the larger cracks where you used more paint.
- The sides were a bit rough, with some paper still sticking over, so I took some time and sanded all the edges down.
- Washi-tape was added to the left side; different lengths in all different neutral colors and patterns.
- My map stamp and one of my script stamps were perfect to add a few more interesting details.
- I stained some strips of muslin just a bit with more walnut ink, and added them over the washi-tape.
- Next it’s time for the background paper, and the picture.
- A piece of flair goes pretty well with everything else, huh? And how about those IKEA pencils?! I knew the handfull I grabbed would come in handy.
- This piece wouldn’t be complete without a few ink splatters!!
Anyone else out there a huge fan of neutral colors? I’d love to hear what you think, and see your projects.
Thanks so much for visiting! I hope I inspired you a little today. 🙂