by Natalie Bowers, Design Team Member
Decorating for Stickerating: Background Basics Part 1
Hello, again! It’s me, Natalie, back with another post for the EBDUK blog. If you’ve ever had a peek in my planner, you’ll know that as well as #stickerating my pages, I also love to decorate my pages with large splashes of colour. To do this, I use some simple mixed media techniques, which I plan to share with you in my next few blog posts.
To start, I’m going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to cheat at watercolour and achieve beautiful backdrops to EllieBeth Designs UK stickers. All you need for this is:
A word of warning before we begin though: different planners can handle different amounts of water before the colours start to bleed through or the pages start to warp, so try this technique on a page you don’t mind making a mess of! Some planners have pen test pages at the back.
Ready? OK. Here we go …
3. Mist your piece of packaging with water. You will need to experiment to find out how much water you want to add, but the idea is to add just enough to give the colour something to move around in.
4.Flip your packaging over and lay it face down on your page. Smooth it down with your fingers so that the colour spreads out. Lift the packaging and repeat steps 2 – 4 until you're happy with the distribution of colour.
7. For the final layer, Scribble your darkest colour ON AN EVEN SMALLER AREA of your piece of plastic and repeat steps 2 – 5, spraying on enough water to dilute it to your desired shade.
8. As a finishing touch, splatter your page with the dark colour. To do this, scribble the darkest pen onto your plastic and pick up the colour with a wet paintbrush. You can then flick this onto your page, and dry it with a hairdryer.
9. Finally, it’s time to stickerate! You can add your stickers however you like. They’ll now coordinate beautifully with your background!
And that’s it - a quick and easy way to decorate your pages, using bits and bobs that you’ve probably already got around the house! Next month, I’ll be back with another way to coordinate your decorating with your stickerating.
Thanks for reading!
Catch you later.
Love Natalie xxx
Natalie Bowers is a paper crafter, media-mixer and memory-keeper who lives in the south of England with her husband and two children. A gregarious loner and shameless eavesdropper, she can often be found haunting the dark recesses of coffee shops and cafes, her pencil poised above paper. When Natalie is not writing and doodling, she is either arting and crafting in her shoffice or binge-watching YouTube tutorials on the sofa. She also likes to trawl charity shops for vintage paper and comb local beaches for sea glass. Natalie has overcome severe depression and anxiety and now happily shares the story of how she is recovering by discovering wellness, resilience and purpose through creativity, mindfulness, prayer and planning.
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