Layout Process: The White House

I got a fantastic box of goodies yesterday through the Two Peas in a Bucket “Wish List” forum.  The box included a couple of acrylic paints.  These are the first acrylics in my stash.  Yay!  The colors are “Petal Pink” and “Indian Turquoise” both of which I love.  I used a small dash of each of these paints on this layout.  I found out a little goes a very long way with acrylic paints, so I know these bottles will last me a while 🙂

I got inspiration from a layout by Ashli Oliver where she used washi tape in a grid pattern.  You can find her layout here.  Instead of washi tape, I used scraps of paper I had leftover from other projects.  I cut the scraps into strips and then applied them to the background paper using matte Mod Podge.

Paper Strips


I wanted to tone down the colors of the paper strips a bit, so I added a layer of gesso wash (2 parts gesso to 1 part water) over the paper.  I then added the acrylic paints for some fun.




To finish the layout, I added ink splatters in Warm Calico and Opaque White (Mister Huey’s), the title, journaling, and a little bit of doodling.  The final step was matting the entire page on another patterned paper to add stability and minimize warping of the paper from all the wet media I used.  Here’s the final result:

The White House


Background paper:  Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste “Taylor’s Favorite” matted on We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard “Collage”