Saturday, November 1, 2014

Weathered Chipboard for a Beach Layout with Tracey Sabella

It's Tracey back to share my latest project featuring gorgeous Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard. I've always been inspired by the beauty of God's creation, particularly the vibrant colors and power of crashing waves during a sunset at the beach. This photo was taken on a family trip to Indian Rock Beach a few years back. I've featured the Leaky Shed Picket Fence and new release, Floral Pirouette (small) which are perfect for a beach layout. 


Tips and Techniques
I painted my chipboard to give a slightly weathered look, and highlighted and shadowed the edges to make it look like it was catching the final rays of light from the setting sun. I splattered the background for a seafoam effect, with some of the splatter touching the fence. 

I've clustered a variety of flowers (mostly Prima) around the layout along with natural seashells. Here I've added a bit of fishnet as well. I've scattered Prima pebbles and Dew Drops around the page like pieces of polished sea glass.

Here's a side view showing more of the fence, flowers, vines, and berries. I've softened the vibrant flowers by dry brushing with a little white gesso.

This Floral Pirouette chipboard is a new release which will soon be available on I painted and shaded the flowers with acrylic paint. I love how the laser carved design shows on the petals through the paint. I wanted the stems to look like gnarly seaweed, so painted brown, then covered with transparent Viva Crackle paint for texture. I allowed a bit of the white splatter to splash across the piece and dry brushed with white gesso along with the flowers.

Here's a side view. To break up the more vibrant colors, I've included some lighter blue flowers along with some in burlap.

Here's one final shot of the top corner cluster. My wheat stencil made for some nice looking "seagrass" on the background.

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Thanks for stopping by today!