Each month Michelle Houghton looks at a medium and one or more ways to add it to your layouts. Other artists from the Creative Team at Get It Scrapped provide related inspiration to fuel your imagination and get you scrapbooking.
This month I explore resist techniques, specifically using Faber Castell Paper Crafter Crayons as a resist. The concept is that you use a medium that “resists” or blocks an area from receiving another medium.
There are papers pre-printed with a clear coat in a pattern that resists ink or paints, thus leaving the paper color showing through in those areas. You can also create your own resist creations using embossing powders or a wax-based product applied first to repel the second medium. The Paper Crafter Crayons are wax based and will repel many wet mediums. I decided to do some experimenting with mine before I created a layout. Here are the steps I took and what I discovered.
Step #1 – Apply your resist medium onto paper.
I tried white Paper Crafter Crayon on white cardstock.
I also tried colored Paper Crafter Crayons on white and colored cardstock.
Finally I tried colored Paper Crafter Crayons on colored cardstock:
Step #2 – Add your second medium on top of your paper.
The area that has been colored should “resist” the medium and repel the new color that you have added.
Here are the combinations of mediums I tried:
Spray ink on white cardstock with white crayon.
Spray ink with white cardstock with colored crayon.
Three different types of markers, Copic, Tim Holtz Distress and Faber Castell Pitt big brush, on top of white cardstock and white crayon.
Two different types of ink pads, Versa and Tim Holt Distress, rubbed across white cardstock and white crayon.
Tim Holt Distress ink across a colored cardstock and colored crayon with beautiful effects.
Watercolor paint over white cardstock and white crayon.
If you have crayons, embossing powders or even pre-printed papers, you can add a resist look to your next layout. Do a little experimenting and use this technique on your next project.
Resist Techniques + Your Scrapbook Pages
Here are a few examples of how these resist techniques can be used on scrapbook pages.
I created a layout using Paper Crafter Crayons. I colored white crayon onto Kraft colored cardstock. I misted it first with a white and then with a teal. I tore the paper into a wide band and used it on my layout.
Marcia Fortunato created this beautiful layout with Faber-Castell Paper Crafter Crayons.
Marcia says, “I used the Faber-Castell Paper Craft Crayons and watercolor over the top. I tried other crayons and paints but liked these best. I used the crayons in two places on the layout. I wanted to leave a spot for my stamp, so I first colored with white crayon (this was tricky since it was hard to see where I’d colored) and tried to get it as dense as possible. Then I painted the yellow watercolor over the page including where I’d colored; the crayon area resisted the paint and I easily wiped the paint off of the crayon. When this was dry I stamped over the crayon using Ranger’s Archival Ink and let it dry.”
“The second place that I used the crayons was for the flower strip. I used the crayons on watercolor paper, making sure I got as much coverage as possible. I tore around the bottom and side edges and fussy cut across the top, then painted the whole thing with yellow watercolor. “
Michelle Houghton is a wife, mother and artist living in Iowa. Even before she began scrapbooking, she was a lifelong artist, majoring in Fine Arts at the University of Oregon and then teaching high school art for 7 years. Michelle has been scrapbooking for more than 15 years and she enjoys adding her own art, doodles and handmade elements to her pages for a one-of-a-kind look.
Michelle teaches doodling, Copics, handlettering and more at workshops throughout the country. She writes tutorials at Get It Scrapped and is an instructor for Imagination International Inc., the US distributor of Copic products. The best way to learn more about Michelle is at her website, scrapweaver.com.