The embellishment pieces all come in three layers, as does the alpha. There is a newsprint bottom layer, then a painted layer (some have multi-painted layers for further customization!), and finally a top “doodled” layer. They basically triple the size of the club! The pieces can be used as multi-layered customized pieces or separated and used individually – or as I did, mixed and matched!
After looking through the pieces and reading the word art (my favorite part of most collections), I decided on a page about dreams, which then led me to a favorite song. Song lyrics are fabulous places to find Art Journaling inspiration. The lyrics are part of a larger picture, an album that tells a story; but for this purpose, they are perfect and give the dreamy feel I want.
Using the idea of dreams and drawing on the lyrics “starry nights, city lights coming down over me,” I decided I needed to set my base. I wanted a dark night sky, but I knew getting the backdrop both blue and gray could be tricky. I selected two overlays. (These overlays can be used as overlays with Blending modes, but I chose to use them to create papers.) I used the Paint Bucket tool and clipped a block color to each layer, playing around with Blending modes until I achieved this fabulous blend of blue and gray that fit my theme perfectly.
Fabulous? No, not yet. I felt it needed some extra texture, and for the night sky… what could be better than a little bling – in the form of glitter, of course! I added a glitter style to the paint layer. Better!
But now for balance? Hmmm. I revisited the “Are We” alpha on the top right. The newsprint was good, but perhaps I could add some gold paint there? I dragged in the paint alpha letters, resizing them to give a different effect. I tried giving them a gold paint feel, but it needed more. Playing around with the gold textures I used for the Diamond Mist chain-link fence, I found one that gave a “puff paint” effect which I really liked!
Placing the three layers on top of each other and highlighting all three layers in my Layers palette, I dragged additional layers by holding down the Alt key while dragging the wings over to my page. This is a super-easy and fast way to make duplicate layers! Placing an odd number of these wings around my page gave the whimsical feel I wanted. Changing the paint layer to a glitter style and the doodle layer to a dark blue kept the night grunge I was after.
Have fun with this club, try something a little different with it, and definitely have a go at breaking down those layers and using them separately. We would love to see what you create, so be sure to post your pages in the Scrap Girls Gallery.