Dream Catcher: Turquoise Mixed Media Layout + Tutorial


Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias


Hi all! May is almost over and I'm rushing to get this post done so I can get it entered in the challenge I created it for. I saw two mood boards that inspired this layout. I have a tutorial for you guys, so this post is a little more involved than usual, with lots of pictures!

The first challenge inspiration is from Off the Rails



I loved the idea of using feathers, and I had purchased these awesome chipboard feathers from Fabrika Decoru that I was itching to use. I also pulled the idea of jewelry, which took form in metallics and these beaded dangles.

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

I pulled the color scheme from the mood board at Jot Magazine.


Aren't the colors gorgeous? Copper and aquamarine/turquoise go so beautifully together. I particularly loved the rusty foliage in the bottom right. I had to pull in some of that. I found this paper that had gold foil leaves sprinkled on it and used some of my favorite greenery dies to create the foliage for the layout.

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

The flowers are Petaloo's Botanica Collection in Vintage Velvet Magnolias in White. They were perfect for adding a hint of watercolor in the same teal I used for the background.

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

The chipboard frame is from Blue Fern Studios, as are most of the embossing powders (Imagine Ink in Wheat, Nutmeg, Rusted Roof, and Sea Mist). The white and gold embossing enamel is from the Stampendous Frantage Encrusted Jewel Kit in Pink. 

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

For the beaded dangle, I used the leftover pieces from a piece of lattice chipboard {this girl don't waste nothing!}. 


 I heat embossed them in a few different colors, then used a piece of wire (I found mine in the jewelry section of my local craft store) and hot glued them together. Easy peasy!

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

In keeping with the idea of jewelry and metallics, I used some Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients gold leaf mica flakes and several colors from the Stampendous Frantage Mica Kit.

Mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias

Background splatters by Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolor Set

I took a few photos during the creation of this layout to share the process.

mixed media scrapbook layout tutorial process

First step is to put down a layer of clear gesso. I followed that with a layer of white gesso where I wanted to create embellishment clusters so the colors would stand out. Then comes the funnest part: going crazy with the paint and shimmer mist!

mixed media scrapbook layout tutorial process

I used texture paste and a stencil to create the idea of the webbing of a dream catcher. 

mixed media scrapbook layout tutorial process

To add a little height and interest to the feathers, I used the leftover piece of chipboard as a stencil and filled it in with texture paste, then squished the feathers down into it with a little glue.

mixed media scrapbook layout tutorial process

You can really see how gorgeous the pearlescent paints are in this photo!

mixed media scrapbook layout tutorial process

I added some more paint drips beneath where I wanted to add my title piece.


Added more paint splatters {because of course!}, shimmer mist, the chipboard, photo, more mica flakes, and seed beads, along with some gold thread for added texture.


After that it was time to add the flowers and foliage and voila!


Thanks so much for stopping by and for all of you kind folks who leave such lovely comments! You make my day :)





2 comments

  1. You did an awesome job on your background work, Carrie! I love all your chippies/treatment too. While I have never cared for paint drips, I find that it does go well with this, especially since you're projecting (is that the right word? LOL) a dreamcatcher look.

    Thank you for showing all the technique work. It is a lovely layout!!

    Hugs, Elizabeth

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  2. WOW!!! There are so many creative and very innovative techniques in this layout that I don't know where to start! That photo of you is super gorgeous! The whole design is perfect and the colors fabulous! How you created the dangling jewelry is superb!! The feathers too! You really went all out in the "thinking outside the box" creative category! Quite impressive!

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Thanks for all your kind comments!