Natalie says: 

“For this month’s Technique Tuesday, I’ve created a layout with misting!

I actually don’t own a lot of mists, and I haven’t done a lot of misting, other than occasional splattering droplets here and there, so before I even started my layout or decided what story I was going to tell, I got out my art journal and just played a bit with the mists I have.

As I played and saw the textures that I was getting, an idea started forming for the layout I could make. I loved the way the gold and pewter mists looked together, and the neutral palette reminded me of these photos of my not-even-two-year-old son enjoying the slide in the Boneyard playground in Animal Kingdom. I decided to play with the texture and color scheme to give the impression of sand or dust like you might find at an archeological or paleontological site.

“Boneyard” by Natalie Strand

Because I knew this layout would feature misting, I actually created my paper layers without attaching them to the background. Once I knew about where everything would end up on my page, I used a pencil to mark where the corners would be and lifted off the cluster of photos, papers, and embellishments to do my misting.

My big tip for this post would be to create your background separately–and I got to experience exactly why as I made this layout. I created a background that I liked, started to adhere my photo cluster, and then decided I should add more misting. I masked off my photos, etc., and then when I spritzed, it went everywhere I didn’t want it to go! The background just ended up looking blobby in all the wrong places. Ack! But although I was annoyed, it was easy to lift off the photo cluster and start over.

In the meantime, I had another idea to add to my misting layers! First, I lightly spritzed my gold and pewter mists in an approximate diagonal from top left to bottom right. Then, using a scrap of cardstock cut with the Mouse Background die, I did a heavier mist of pewter through the mouse-shaped openings for a subtle pattern. I finished off the background with some bolder gold splatters.

In the photo below, you can see what my background paper looked like, and if you look closely, you might be able to spot my pencil markings for the corners of my paper layers!

Once I’d (re!)made my background, I was ready to add my layers and photos on top of it. I made a vertical strip with my photos and tucked a journaling card behind it. I used a sticker for a simple title, and layered embellishments around it, including a Tree of Life cut from plain white cardstock. I liked the laciness it added, softening the rectangles elsewhere on the layout. Under the tree, I added a strip of animal print washi to give a bit of a grounding line.

I continued the line of washi to peek out from the left side of my photo strip, and I built another tiny embellishment cluster there, including a wood veneer Mickey.

To balance the weight of the photo+journaling layers, I tore an uneven strip of patterned paper and added it to the top left corner of my layout. I added a tiny cluster here, too! In the photo below, you can also see a closeup of the Mickey pattern made by misting through the Mouse Background die cut.

It was an adventure for me to use this misting technique, and I hope that it will inspire you to give it a try as well!” -Natalie Strand

Supplies by Scraps & Ink Crafts- Mouse Background Cutting Die, Tree of Life Cutting Die, Wooden Mice, Animal Kingdom 1 Washi.

Thanks so much Natalie! LOVE your beautiful misting techniques!

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Have a magical day!