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.

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

Fluid Easy-Block Watercolor Paper Blocks

Strathmore 200 Series Watercolor Paper Student Pad

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

Prismacolor Magic Rub Eraser

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

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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