I’ve recently become a fan of using chipboard on my pages. I like the versatility of being able to color the images to match my design and enjoy creating layers with the intricate pieces. This month, I experimented with Shimmerz paint and discovered a whole new world of possibilities.
This layout was designed using multiple chipboard elements and stencils from the Dusty Attic. I chose to use a photo that was taken with a collage app and created a frame of cherry blossoms, daisies, and botanicals around it.
The cherry blossoms were shaded with a mix of shimmerz inklings and watercolor pencils. I brushed the pieces with a coat of white gesso, added the inklingz over the top, then created shadows with watercolor pencils.
Below the cherry blossoms, I added a layer of florals, leaves, and a small film strip. The coal leaves and filmstrip are also painted with shimmerz without a layer of gesso.
Painting directly onto the chipboard creates a muted shimmer color and allows some of the chipboard color to show through the paint. This adds to the worn look of the design.
If you want a more intense color, a layer of gesso or paint is needed. The base layer lets the paint sit on the top creating an intense color and brighter shimmer.
Mixing water-based shimmerz ink with acrylics creates another fun look for your pieces. The small daisies on my page were sprayed with a layer of acrylic and then topped with water-based ink. This created a pooling effect on the chipboard.
If you want to create a solid color with a little distressed look, you can mix two shimmerz paints together.
On the arrow, I added coffee shimmerz as a base layer. Without any gesso, this soaked into the chipboard and created a muted brown. Over the top, I brushed coal. This shimmer in this paint was more prominent and created a worn metal look.
In my process video, I share a few more ways to use shimmerz paints and show you how this page came together.
Using the shimmerz paint in a variety of ways on my chipboard expanded my ability to create color on my pages. This page was such a fun one to create and I hope it inspired you to try something new.
If you have any questions about the supplies listed above or how to use chipboard with shimmerz, feel free to leave me a comment.
I hope this inspired you to try something new. If you have any questions about this project or the supplies listed above, feel free to leave me a comment.
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