Painting an Uneven Background

Hi!  While a soft even background is most common in watercolor, there are times when painting an uneven background is more effective.  The texture and movement in an uneven background can help to reinforce your photos.  This layout is a perfect example of when an uneven background is ideal.

Uneven Background

Water is the subject of this layout, so painting an uneven background is perfect for these photos.  The movement of the uneven background paper echos the movement of the water and clouds in the photos.

How to paint an uneven background.

How to Paint an Uneven Backgound

Painting an uneven background is really easy.  Simply ready a lot of paint, then brush it on watercolor paper.  Since I’m using pan watercolors, I added a lot of water to the pan to create a thick soup of color.  Then with a 3/4″ flat brush I made bold, sweeping strokes of paint on the watercolor block.  Because I allowed areas to pool at the edge of the brush stroke and applied uneven pressure to my strokes, the background paper has lots of texture and movement.  It’s fun, easy and fast!

A list of the materials I used to create this layout are at the end of the post, including links to where you can find these products.  The links are free to use and by clicking on them you are helping to support this site.

The Layout

Nothing says spring like flowers, so I decided to draw some fantasy flowers using a PITT pen on watercolor paper.  In future posts I’ll detail how to draw fantasy flowers, along with leaves and banners.

Mat the Photos

How to paint an uneven background.

A light wash of yellow green on a piece of watercolor paper creates the perfect mat for these photos.

Title Cluster

How to paint an uneven background.

A simple title, yet it describes the day.  Additionally, the cluster of fantasy flowers, leaves and a banner say it is spring.

Middle Cluster

How to paint an uneven background.

Placing a cluster at the top right of the matted photos creates a diagonal line which helps to move the views eye around the page.

Top Cluster

How to paint an uneven background.

Finally, a small cluster at the top right completes the diagonal line.

This blog post part of a series of posts about drawing and painting your own scrapbook paper and embellishments.  You can see the other posts here.

Happy Scrapping!

 

Supplies Used

Below are the scrapbook products I used on this layout.  To make them easy for you to find, I have linked each of the items below.  I personally selected all of the products used in this project.  All products were purchased by me.  As always, I am not receiving a payment for doing this project or writing these blog posts.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase by clicking on one of the affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting my blog at no cost to you.


Watercolor Paint
Loew-Cornell - Simply Art - Watercolor Paint Cakes - 36 Pack

Block
Fluid Easy-Block Watercolor Paper Blocks

Paper
Strathmore 200 Series Watercolor Paper Student Pad

Brushes
Ranger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack


Indian Ink Pen
Faber-Castell Mix and Match Collection Pitt Artist Pens Essential 4 Piece Set

Mechanical Pencil
Zebra Eco Jimnie Clip Mechanical Pencil

Eraser
Prismacolor Magic Rub Eraser

Scissors
Fiskars - Our Finest Scissors Collection - Number 5 Stitcher Scissors


Storage Container

Pen and Brush Case
Alvin Nylon Utility Bags

Foam Sheets

Spellbinders - 6 x 6 White Craft Foam Sheets - Platinum Pack 7

Pop Dots

Forever in Time - 3D Pop Dots - Double Sided Adhesive - 1/4 Inch - Round


Craft Mat

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Paper Piercing Tool

Scissors
Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors


Double Sided Tape

Scotch Quick Dry Glue

My Favorite Travel Camera

My Favorite Travel Lens


Favorite Printer

My Favorite Waterproof Camera


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Different Size Photos on a Layout

Hi There! Using different size photos on a scrapbook layout brings focus to important elements of the story.  Today we’ll explore the pros of using photos in a variety of sizes on a single scrapbook layout.

The 4×6 Rut

Scrapbook Layout from Scraps

For a long time, I thought that all the photos on my scrapbook layout had to be 4×6 in size.  After all, 4×6 is a standard photo size, so that’s the one to use.  Of course there are 5×7 or 8×10 enlargements, but those are for special photos.  Also, when I uploaded photos to print at a lab, 4×6 was the available option.  So that’s the size to use, right?  Well, maybe, just maybe there are other options.

The Problem with Only Using 4×6 Photos

While it is easy to fall into the 4×6 rut, there are several reasons to break free.

Not All Pictures have the Same Importance in a Story

Stamping embellishments for a scrapbook layout.

When all the photos are the same size, they all have the same importance which isn’t the case when telling a story.  None of the pictures stand out unless you do something to highlight a particular photo.  You can double mat or have more embellishment clusters around one photo, but the result is not as effective as using different size photos.

Cluttered Layouts

Combining Paper Lines on a Scrapbook Layout

I developed a number of ways to get three or four 4×6 photos on a single layout, however they always looked a bit cluttered.   Additionally, my layouts took on a formula look, as there are only so many ways you can get three or four 4×6 photos on a 12×12 layout.

Huge Albums

Double Page Layout

To combat the cluttered look, or when I had too many photos from an event I created a double page spread.  My need for double page spreads kept increasing, as my photography improved leading to multiple large albums each year.  Where to put them all!

Breaking Free and Using Different Size Photos

The solution to my problems was to break free of my notion that every photo on my layout has to be 4×6.  Do I still use 4×6 photos?  Sure, and I use them often, however I also use a variety of other smaller sizes too.

Why Using Different Size Photos Works

Using different size photos on my layouts helps me to tell the story more clearly and often on only one page.  Also, I can highlight various aspects of the day by selecting which photos are large and which are smaller.

When There are a Lot of Photos

Black and White photos on a scrapbook layout.Okay, I’m a shutter bug and I admit it!  I come home from a vacation with a few thousand photos.  No joke!  And I have to edit them down to just a couple key ones.  Sometimes I just can’t tell the whole story in 2 or 3 images.  Before I did multiple layouts.  Now, I use different size photos.

Story Telling with Different Size Photos

Different size photos

Usually, the main subject of the story is a larger print, with the supporting elements smaller.  However, sometimes I use a larger photo to give an overall view of what is happening, and a smaller one to bring focus to a particular aspect of the day I want to highlight.  That’s the case with this layout.  The photo that really tells the story is the smaller one.  It shows the emotion and focus my friend has when photographing.  By using an inset closeup style on this layout the focus is on the smaller photo.

How to Obtain Photos of Various Sizes

The most common solution is to print the photos yourself.  However, you can still use a lab that only prints 4×6 photos, then crop them.

Printing at Home

There are tons of great photo printers, all of which have software that will allow you to easily pick the size of the photo you want to print.  I have tried several over the years and my favorite is the Canon PIXMA Pro-100.  It prints on paper as small as 4×6 and as large as 13″ x 19″.  It’s compact and easy to use.  And the best part is that it comes with easy to use software that prints photos in a variety of sizes.  The image quality is wonderful.  The images have both great color and crisp lines.

Printing at a Lab

There are plenty of places to upload and print photos, or to bring in your card to print on site.  The smallest photo the labs in my area will print is a 4×6.  If that is the case for you, then simple take photos with more room around the subject, and crop the photo using a paper cutter.  Cropping allows you to both remove unwanted background area and have different size photos to crop.

The Layout

Different size photos

This layout is a great example of how using different size photos help to tell the story.  The larger picture sets the scene, while the smaller one shows the focus my friend has when creating images.

These photos were take the same day as the layout of me photographing the ducks, and the two will be adjacent in my album, so I used the same style paper and embellishments.

Different size photos

This close up of the layout shows his focus and illustrates that the main subject of a layout can be the smaller photo.  While not often the case, here it works because I used an inset style when placing them on the page.  The smaller photo is a closeup photo of his face, which draws your eye to the smaller photo.  Next, your eye travels to the larger photo for context.

Different size photos

The camera and feather embellishment used on the adjacent layout work well on this one, as this is all about the photographer and his relationship with his camera.

Different size photos

A camera and 2 feathers in the top left corner finish off this layout.

Here is the layout that will be on the facing page of my album.  Don’t they coordinate nicely!

This blog post part of a series of posts about drawing and painting your own scrapbook paper and embellishments.  You can see the other posts here.

Happy Scrapping!

 

Supplies Used

Below are the scrapbook products I used on this layout.  To make them easy for you to find, I have linked each of the items below.  I personally selected all of the products used in this project.  All products were purchased by me.  As always, I am not receiving a payment for doing this project or writing these blog posts.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase by clicking on one of the affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting my blog at no cost to you.


Watercolor Paint
Loew-Cornell - Simply Art - Watercolor Paint Cakes - 36 Pack

Block
Fluid Easy-Block Watercolor Paper Blocks

Paper
Strathmore 200 Series Watercolor Paper Student Pad

Brushes
Ranger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack


Indian Ink Pen
Faber-Castell Mix and Match Collection Pitt Artist Pens Essential 4 Piece Set

Mechanical Pencil
Zebra Eco Jimnie Clip Mechanical Pencil

Eraser
Prismacolor Magic Rub Eraser

Scissors
Fiskars - Our Finest Scissors Collection - Number 5 Stitcher Scissors


Storage Container

Pen and Brush Case
Alvin Nylon Utility Bags

Foam Sheets

Spellbinders - 6 x 6 White Craft Foam Sheets - Platinum Pack 7

Pop Dots

Forever in Time - 3D Pop Dots - Double Sided Adhesive - 1/4 Inch - Round


Craft Mat

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Paper Piercing Tool

Scissors
Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors


Double Sided Tape

Scotch Quick Dry Glue

My Favorite Travel Camera

My Favorite Travel Lens


Favorite Printer

My Favorite Waterproof Camera


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Free Online Classes

Hi There!  Check out this long list of free online classes.  There is a series of drawing classes which are the perfect compliment to the series I’ve been posting about drawing your own scrapbook paper.  Classes in color theory, design, digital scrapbooking, and drawing are being offered in the next few weeks at CreativeLive.  They are all available to watch for free during their air time, or you can purchase them to watch at your convenience.  Here’s the list.

Free Online Classes

Here are some free classes offered at CreativeLive in the next few weeks.

1. Color Fundamentals

Friday Jun 30th – Saturday Jul 1st 9:00am – 9:00am PDT
This class will give you an overview of color principles and demonstrate how to apply them. Instructor Mary Jane Begin is an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s picture books, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and professor in the Illustration Department.

In this class she covers:

  • The elements of color, including value, temperature, saturation, hierarchy, complements, light, harmony, and contrast
  • The use of color complements in image making
  • The relationship of color to the medium and expression

Through a series of demonstrations, you’ll learn how to work with color and ultimately make better color decisions. This class covers foundations that applies to all image making, in design, art, illustration, photography, and beyond.

You can register for this free class here.

2. Designing Wedding Invitations and more

Saturday Jul 1st – Sunday Jul 2nd 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Wedding collateral is typically designed with a one-size-fits-all approach, but everything from the save-the-date to the program to the menu should reflect your story. This class will show you how to create a customized and cohesive design to your wedding, so your story is truly reflected in all the details of your wedding items.
This course will show you basic design principles, key aspects to consider when creating wedding collateral, and how to approach this project in a systematic way so the final results are both heartwarming and stunning.
Khara Plicinic has a unique teach style and playful sense of humor that continue to endear her exponentially growing audience. As an expert wedding photographer and designer, she has been part of enough wedding to know what works and doesn’t work.

This course will teach you how to create paper and digital goods that truly reflect your journey with your partner. No previous photoshop experience required.

You can register for this free class here.

3. Digital Scrapbooking for Beginners

Wednesday Jul 5th – Thursday Jul 6th 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Tired of having a closet full of scrapbooking supplies? Ready to save your images in a more secure, permanent way? Join Michelle Stelling for an introduction to digital scrapbooking.

In this course, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop Elements 12 to edit images and create simple templates, digi-kits, and retouch old photos. Michelle will cover feathering, clone stamping, adding text, and other tips and tricks for presenting your images. You’ll learn how to troubleshoot common image issues using red eye reduction, spot healing techniques and more. You’ll also learn about working with brushes and textures to create your own papers and backgrounds.

Whether you’re an at-home crafter or professional photographer, by the end of this course, you will have mastered a whole new way to preserve and share your images.

You can register for this free class here.

4. Drawing Basics 1: Making Your Mark

Wednesday Jul 12th 9:00am – 10:30am PDT

This beginner-friendly class will teach you essential techniques for drawing realistically. Understand the concepts of line quality, contour line, and mark making. You’ll also learn about the materials used in drawing and art so you’re not intimidated by the art store. And you’ll understand how to slow down and ‘see’ things to better draw them. Instructor Amy Wynne teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and exhibits her work nationally, winning numerous grants and awards.

In this class you’ll learn:

  • The expressive potential of a variety of drawing media on varied surfaces
  • How to build a connection between eye, mind and hand
  • To practice sensitive line quality as it relates to mechanical versus organic motifs

By the end of the class, you’ll have created a series of contour drawings of organic and mechanical objects in varied materials.

You can register for this free class here.

5. Drawing Basics 2: Cross Contour Lines & Ellipses

Wednesday Jul 12th 11:00am – 12:30pm PDT

This beginner-friendly class will teach you essential techniques for drawing realistically. Understand the three dimensional form and curved objects. Instructor Amy Wynne teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and exhibits her work nationally, winning numerous grants and awards.

This class covers:

  • Turning 3D forms in space & using cross contour lines
  • Learning how to draw and measure height to width of ellipses
  • Applying knowledge of ellipses to drawing eggs, cylinders, coffee cups, & bananas

A series of practice pages will be provided to get you started. You’ll draw 3D forms such as an egg and a cube, and build up to drawing hands.

You can register for this free class here.

6. Drawing Basics 3: Perspective & Angle

Thursday Jul 13th 9:00am – 10:30am PDT

This beginner-friendly class will teach you essential techniques for drawing realistically. Understand perspective and how to sight angles for better accuracy. Instructor Amy Wynne teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and exhibits her work nationally, winning numerous grants and awards.

This class covers:

  • Applying knowledge of ellipses to drawing eggs, cylinders, coffee cups, & bananas
  • Learning how to sight angles and place them with accuracy
  • Measuring relationships of height to width

A series of practice pages will be provided to get you started. You’ll draw three dimensional forms from multiple angles, and learn perspective that applies to landscape drawings, buildings, and still life.

You can register for this free class here.

7. Drawing Basics 4: Tonality & Shadows

Thursday Jul 13th 11:00am – 12:30pm PDT

This beginner-friendly class will teach you essential techniques for drawing realistically. Learn how to create light and shadow in your drawings by applying techniques such as tonal scales, cross hatching and mark making. Instructor Amy Wynne teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and exhibits her work nationally, winning numerous grants and awards.

This class covers:

  • Tonal gradations, hatching, cross hatching
  • Creating a dramatic value range
  • Working with core and cast shadow

A series of practice pages will be provided to get you started.

You can register for this free class here.

A bit about CreativeLive

You can watch classes for free at CreativeLive in 2 ways:

  1. Watch the Live Broadcast – look at their schedule of live classes and watch it when it airs. You can find their current schedule of live classes here, then selecting Live. Also, in the list of all classes the live classes are denoted by a small Live in the top left corner. One of the great things about the live broadcast schedule is that you can click an RSVP button and you’ll be sent an email reminder. I just love their reminder service!
  2. Watch the Rebroadcast – look at their rebroadcast schedule to find out when you can watch a class you missed or want to see again is on the air for free. You can find their current schedule of rebroadcast classes here. Good news – Creative Live has added an RSVP option for the rebroadcast classes! If you have an account you can RSVP for the class and they will send you a reminder. How great is that!

Remember to click the “on air” button in the top menu to see a list of the classes you can watch for free. Then just click on the class you want to watch. The classes change at about 9 am pacific time, so visit CreativeLive then to get access to that day’s free broadcasts.

If you find a class you like, you can purchase it just prior or during a broadcast (live or rebroadcast) at a discount. You can then download the class and watch it any time you like. Or you can sign on to your account and stream it anytime.

Suggest you sign up for an account at CreativeLive that way you’ll get a notice when they add new classes to their schedule and use their RSVP reminder service. You can create a CreativeLive account here.

I have found CreativeLive to be a great resource for learning. Hope you will too!

Happy Scrapping!

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Painting Embellishments

Hey There! Painting embellishments yourself allows you to pick both the color and theme, thus making them the perfect accent to your layout.

Painting Embellishments with Watercolor

After selecting the theme of the embellishments, then drawing them on watercolor paper with a PITT pen, it’s now time to paint.

Painting embellishments

There are a few things to keep in mind when painting embellishments.  First, if you’re new to painting it’s best to pick colors that won’t create a muddy color when mixed.  Next, pick colors that will enhance your photos.  Finally, paint in highlights and shadows.

Picking Colors That Work Together

The first step when painting embellishments is to pick the colors to use.  There are several things to think about when selecting colors, including how colors mix and the feeling the colors convey.

Colors in the Photo

One place to start when selecting colors is the photo.  The brightest color in the photos on my layout is the teal jacket.  Thus teal is a good choice for the embellishments, because it will bring the viewer’s eye to the person in the photo.  The ducks have yellow accents, so yellow is also a good choice.

The Feeling Colors Convey

Another way of selecting colors is to consider the feeling the color or color combination conveys.  Yellow is a good option for this layout, because the photos are from a warm winter day.  Yellow is a warm color, thus it gives the viewer a feeling of warmth.  It is also a happy, fun color.  Since this was a happy, fun day yellow fits well.

How the Colors Mix

The next thing I think about is how the colors selected will mix, because when painting embellishments I like to create shading and depth by mixing the main colors.  For this reason its best for me to use only two of the three primary colors.  By doing this I can allow the colors to run together without worrying about creating a muddy look.  Remember, if you mix all three of the primary colors you’ll get brown or a muddy version of a color.  Not what this layout needs, so selecting only two of the primary colors is my plan.  You can find more info about mixing colors here.

It was a warm day, so I want to use clean, bright colors.  Teal is blue with a bit of yellow added, so teal and yellow will mix without creating a muddy look.

The Painting Process

Painting embellishments

After selecting the color pallet it’s time for the fun part – painting.  A medium size round brush with a fine tip is ideal for painting embellishments.  The fine tip will allow me to paint fine lines and get into small places, while the medium size will hold a lot of paint.

I like to work wet on dry when I am painting embellishments.  This means the watercolor paper is dry and the brush is wet with watercolor paint.  This technique allows me to leave white patches of the paper showing through which create highlights.  For example, I left white highlights in the lens of the camera.

Working quickly allows the paint colors to blend.  At the base of the camera there is a green shadow effect.  By adding blue paint to the still wet yellow watercolor the two mixed to create green.  Highlights and shadows make the embellishment have depth.

After allowing the paint to dry, I added a touch of watered down brown watercolor at the top of the camera and in the feather.  This adds a bit of dimension.

This casual painting style matches perfectly with the sketchy drawing of the embellishments.  It has a loose and relaxed feel, which match the experience on the day these photos were taken.

The Layout

Painting embellishments

On a warm day after a big snow, we ventured out.  One of our stops was at a pond with a walking trail next to it.  Some friendly ducks came running up to us looking for a snack.

This simple layout holds 5 photos printed in various sizes.  Printed the photos with a white boarder, then puzzle pieced them together on the background page.

The Title

Painting embellishments

The large title reinforces the story of the ducks asking for a snack.

Top Cluster

Painting embellishments

Placed where the boarder lines cross, the corner provides an anchor for the cluster.

Middle Cluster

Painting embellishments

Filling in the gap, this cluster brings focus to both the ducks and the photographer.

Bottom Cluster

Painting embellishments

This cluster completes the diagonal line through the layout.

This blog post part of a series of posts about drawing and painting your own scrapbook paper and embellishments.  You can see the other posts here.

Happy Scrapping!

Supplies Used

Below are the scrapbook products I used on this layout.  To make them easy for you to find, I have linked each of the items below.  I personally selected all of the products used in this project.  All products were purchased by me.  As always, I am not receiving a payment for doing this project or writing these blog posts.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase by clicking on one of the affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting my blog at no cost to you.


Watercolor Paint
Loew-Cornell - Simply Art - Watercolor Paint Cakes - 36 Pack

Block
Fluid Easy-Block Watercolor Paper Blocks

Paper
Strathmore 200 Series Watercolor Paper Student Pad

Brushes
Ranger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack


Indian Ink Pen
Faber-Castell Mix and Match Collection Pitt Artist Pens Essential 4 Piece Set

Mechanical Pencil
Zebra Eco Jimnie Clip Mechanical Pencil

Eraser
Prismacolor Magic Rub Eraser

Scissors
Fiskars - Our Finest Scissors Collection - Number 5 Stitcher Scissors


Storage Container

Pen and Brush Case
Alvin Nylon Utility Bags

Foam Sheets

Spellbinders - 6 x 6 White Craft Foam Sheets - Platinum Pack 7

Pop Dots

Forever in Time - 3D Pop Dots - Double Sided Adhesive - 1/4 Inch - Round


Craft Mat

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Paper Piercing Tool

Scissors
Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors


Double Sided Tape

Scotch Quick Dry Glue

My Favorite Travel Camera

My Favorite Travel Lens


Favorite Printer

My Favorite Waterproof Camera

Save

Share

Free Paper Crafting Classes

Hi There!  Check out this long list of free online classes.  Classes in stamping, mixed media, digital scrapbooking, color theory and more will be offered in the next few weeks at CreativeLive.  They are all available to watch for free during their air time, or you can purchase them to watch at your convenience.  Here’s the list.

Free Online Classes

Here are some free classes offered at CreativeLive in the next few weeks.

1. Stamping Techniques & Design

Thursday May 25th – Friday May 26th 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Make Custom Rubber Stamps

Custom stamps give you the freedom to personalize projects in a whole range of ways. In Stamping Techniques & Design, Robert Mahar will teach you everything you need to know to get started with stamping.

Robert Mahar has been teaching imaginative do-it-yourself projects to crafters for years. In this class, he’ll teach stamping and stamp-making techniques for crafters at all levels. You’ll learn how to:

  • Carve a custom rubber stamp
  • Make a roller stamp for patterning paper
  • Carve large-scale text
  • Print beautiful, repeating patterns

Robert will teach you how to use the most effective and easy-to-use tools and inspire you to create dozens of new projects.

You can register for this free class here.

2. Compositing for Digital Scrapbookers

Tuesday May 30th – Wednesday May 31st 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Build Fantasy Scenes Around Your Personal Photos With Digital Compositing

Scrapbooking is the experience of pulling together disparate elements of your life and creating stories that could never otherwise exist. And yet scrapbooking in the physical medium still limits your creative scope to what exists in the real world. Digital scrapbooking removes that barrier. By mastering the practice of compositing your personal photos, you can build fantastical, entirely impossible scenes around your favorite subject material.

Join Tiffany Tillman-Emanuel for this intermediate-level class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to develop and digitally sketch a theme for the page.
  • How to find and gather complementary photos for the fantasy theme.
  • How to use graphic design principles to improve the overall aesthetic of the final page.

Fantasy composites are difficult digital effects to create, and require the confident use of a photo editor. Tiffany will walk you through implementing the right kinds of blend modes and adjustment layers for different compositing results. You’ll learn her tips and techniques for creating quality selections and extractions, and applying them to your composited photos. Add new dimensions to your scrapbooking practice. Transform the things you love, and send them into worlds that exist only in your imagination.

You can register for this free class here.

3. Color Fundamentals

Wednesday May 31st – Thursday Jun 1st 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Learn Color As It Applies To Any Field

This class will give you an overview of color principles and demonstrate how to apply them. Instructor Mary Jane Begin is an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s picture books, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and professor in the Illustration Department.
In this class she covers:
  • The elements of color, including value, temperature, saturation, hierarchy, complements, light, harmony, and contrast
  • The use of color complements in image making
  • The relationship of color to the medium and expression
Through a series of demonstrations, you’ll learn how to work with color and ultimately make better color decisions. This class covers foundations that applies to all image making, in design, art, illustration, photography, and beyond.

You can register for this free class here.

4. Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work

Wednesday May 31st – Thursday Jun 1st 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Photo Transfers Add Interest & Detail

Photo transfers add detail and interest to your work and, best of all, they aren’t difficult to produce. Learn how its done from Stephenie Hamen in Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work.

Stephenie will teach you all about photo transferring and demonstrate how you can add color and alter the images within the piece. You’ll learn how to:

  • Create a transfer using gesso, gel mediums, and paint
  • Use Gelatos, markers, or watercolors to add color
  • Integrate transfers into a mixed media piece

You’ll also learn about using clear gesso to create a writeable surface for doodling and journaling along with some basic stamp carving techniques.

Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work will teach you how to add a fun, unique element to your work and inspire you to get creative!

You can register for this free class here.

5. Carve Your Own Stamps

Thursday Jun 1st – Friday Jun 2nd 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Carve Your Own Rubber Stamps

Custom stamps are a great way to add a personal touch to creative projects. Learn how to make your own stamp in Carve Your Own Stamps.

Meagan will teach the fundamentals of how to make your own stamps for printing in this fun and informative class. She’ll demonstrate the complete process for making stamped place and escort cards. You’ll learn how to::

  • Transfer a design and carve a stamp
  • Mount and clean your stamp
  • Stamp your cards

Meagan will also discuss the different types of inks available on the market and which ones are best for printing on paper.

Check the bonus materials below for a complete product list of the tools and supplies you need to finish this project.

You can register for this free class here.

6. Designing Wedding Invitations and more

Friday Jun 2nd – Saturday Jun 3rd 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Make Memorable Designs

Wedding collateral is typically designed with a one-size-fits-all approach, but everything from the save-the-date to the program to the menu should reflect your story. This class will show you how to create a customized and cohesive design to your wedding, so your story is truly reflected in all the details of your wedding items.

This course will show you basic design principles, key aspects to consider when creating wedding collateral, and how to approach this project in a systematic way so the final results are both heartwarming and stunning.
Khara Plicinic has a unique teach style and playful sense of humor that continue to endear her exponentially growing audience. As an expert wedding photographer and designer, she has been part of enough wedding to know what works and doesn’t work.
This course will teach you how to create paper and digital goods that truly reflect your journey with your partner. No previous photoshop experience required.

You can register for this free class here.

7. Beginning Stamping – Playing with Ink

Friday Jun 2nd – Saturday Jun 3rd 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Stamps, Ink, And Fabric

Express your unique style through stamping! In Beginning Stamping – Playing with Ink, Meagan Lewis will teach you the basics behind block printing and color mixing.

Meagan’s inspired stamp designs are found on everything from tea towels to totes. In this beginner-friendly class she’ll demonstrate basic block printing techniques by making a personalized set of fabric napkins. You’ll learn:

  • Printing with fabric ink
  • Mixing your own colors
  • How to print with a DIY ink pad
  • How to make a stamp with repurposed rubber

Meagan will discuss the components of a good design and tell you which materials will make your stamping process easy, permanent, and professional-looking.

Check the bonus materials below for a complete product list of the tools and supplies you need to finish this project.

You can register for this free class here.

8. Scrapbooking with Project Life

Saturday Jun 3rd – Sunday Jun 4th 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Turn Important Moments Into Beautiful Memories

Preserving your best memories doesn’t need to keep you from making new ones! Join memory keeping maven Becky Higgins for a class on her famous Project Life® scrapbooking system.

Chronicling a good life doesn’t require endless weekend hours glued to your glue stick. Becky will show you how to efficiently create one-of-a-kind scrapbooks using a simple method that preserves your memories and reflects your personal style. In this class, Becky will teach you her back-to-basics approach to memory keeping. She’ll cover organizing your photos, designing a timeless scrapbook and everything in between. You will learn how to select and compile your photos so your scrapbooks tell the story you want future generations to remember.

Whether you want to commemorate a major life event, document a trip, or start an ongoing scrapbooking project, this class will show you how to turn your big moments – as well as your everyday, seemingly mundane but equally important moments – into beautiful memories.

You can register for this free class here.

9. Mixed Media for Digital Scrapbookers

Sunday Jun 4th – Monday Jun 5th 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Mix Your Meaningful Personal Objects With Stunning Digital Effects

Switching your medium from paper to pixels doesn’t mean you’re giving up the highly tactile, artsy, eclectic nature of scrapbooking. Bringing your scrapbooking into the digital age lends the artform even more versatility and vibrance than it already has. You can add personal objects to digital pages, and once you’ve digitized your objects, you can reuse or pull from finished pieces as often as you want. Save money, time and satisfy your drive to create unique art on digital platforms.

Join Tiffany Tillman-Emanuel for this intermediate-level class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to scan flat objects and photograph dimensional objects.
  • How to digitize objects to look their best.
  • How to digitally alter the objects so they stand out on a finished page.

Mixed media digital effects are difficult to create without a solid understanding of the hardware involved. Tiffany will teach you how to use a scanner and a camera, and how to make your objects stand out on a finished page by using a photo editor. Don’t be intimidated by new technology! Take your art into the digital space and discover new scrapbooking frontiers.

You can register for this free class here.

A bit about CreativeLive

You can watch classes for free at CreativeLive in 2 ways:

  1. Watch the Live Broadcast – look at their schedule of live classes and watch it when it airs. You can find their current schedule of live classes here, then selecting Live. Also, in the list of all classes the live classes are denoted by a small Live in the top left corner. One of the great things about the live broadcast schedule is that you can click an RSVP button and you’ll be sent an email reminder. I just love their reminder service!
  2. Watch the Rebroadcast – look at their rebroadcast schedule to find out when you can watch a class you missed or want to see again is on the air for free. You can find their current schedule of rebroadcast classes here. Good news – Creative Live has added an RSVP option for the rebroadcast classes! If you have an account you can RSVP for the class and they will send you a reminder. How great is that!

Remember to click the “on air” button in the top menu to see a list of the classes you can watch for free. Then just click on the class you want to watch. The classes change at about 9 am pacific time, so visit CreativeLive then to get access to that day’s free broadcasts.

If you find a class you like, you can purchase it just prior or during a broadcast (live or rebroadcast) at a discount. You can then download the class and watch it any time you like. Or you can sign on to your account and stream it anytime.

Suggest you sign up for an account at CreativeLive that way you’ll get a notice when they add new classes to their schedule and use their RSVP reminder service. You can create a CreativeLive account here.

I have found CreativeLive to be a great resource for learning. Hope you will too!

Happy Scrapping!

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