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18 Jun 2013

Patterned Vellum with Anna

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Let’s get rest a little bit with all these ‘media’ topics :) Make a little break and talk about
the vellum. In the latest ‘Lucky Charm‘ line we have a few different patterns and colours printed on the vellum. I think it’s not obvious for all of us how to use them, so I decided to show you one of the possibilities of using ‘Lucky Charm’ vellum on your page.

For today’s layout I choose a vellum with green chevron pattern. I really adore this colour so I choose a white background to bring out the awesomeness of this product.  cut a square piece of vellum and create a few rays – this will be my backround. Because the pattern is rather bold we have to suit the rest of a composition to this element.

I used only tiny emebellishments, rub-ons and stickers here. The only major part of a composition is a topic with this adorable Eiffla Tower used instead of the letter ‘A’. It’s all about the colour of Paris in April – spring in Tuileries Gardens is really beautiful! A lot of luscious green and pink blooking trees, awww! Amazing landscape. I just tried to grab a little bit of that mood…

It’s all for today. I am so curious what is your idea for using patterned vellum on the layout! Have a nice day!

06 Mar 2013

Get Artsy with Anna-Maria

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Hey, it’s Lizzy here! This month the Paper Party designers (Stephanie, Anna-Maria, Wilna and a guest designer Suzy Plantamura) were shipped a box full of my newest Lucky Charm collection. It’s been so fun to see their style and techniques with the products. I am so excited to share what they are have created! Starting off with Anna-Maria… She is sharing tips and materials needed for watercolor effects on your creations. Including what kind of paper, watercolor and brushes. Thanks so much for the great tips!

WATERCOLOURS in generous.

Last time one of you asked me about the papers I used on my pages and I received some questions about the other materials. I thought that it would be interesting for you, if I write about some details. Exactly this instant technique, its potential and the possibilities it creates, along with my knowledge in this subject is something I would like to share with you in this article.

Let’s begin with a few words about materials that might come in handy:

PAINT: You may use any of your children?s ordinary set of watercolour, e.g. the most basic set of classic, ?hard? watercolour included in the IKEA art set, watercolour crayons which enable for specific and accurate effects in your works, Faber-Castell gellos, you can get an amazing effects using Mister Huey’s mists by Studio Calico, or, just like I often do, you may apply concentrated fluid pigments ? ecoline by Talens, a company that offers a wide selection of colours (this type of paint is available in almost every decent, well-stocked shop for artists; besides, if they are available in Poland, you are bound to find them everywhere in Europe and I think in US as well).

BRUSHES: Watercolour is supposed to be used with soft brushes, preferably natural ones. Depending on the desired effect, we may choose among round brushes with broad tip (perfect for applying larger quantities of paint, as well as for bigger, blobs and paint smudges on cardboard), round brushes with pointed tip (for painting details, lines, small planes of colour), broad and flat ones (for filling larger planes with colour), as well as little, hard, artificial brushes for splashing paint (the effect is similar to using spray or sprinkling mists).


PAPER: Watercolur paper of any basis weight (the thicker, the better) should be the base of watercolour background. Personally, I use size A3 sketch book with paper that is heavy enough for watercolour (250 g/m). You can also use American Crafts cardstock – they are also good enough. If you make only subtle actions of the page you can use a custom scrapbooking paper like f.e. one from the Dear Lizzy ‘Lucky Charm’ collection as I did :)

This is my today’s layout – I used only ‘Lucky Charm‘ papers and embellishments here and add some delicate watercolours effect – just for illustrate how AMAZING it looks togheter :)


Thank you! Anna-Maria :)


26 Feb 2013

Layering: with Anna-Maria

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SPLASH! with Anna-Maria

Next time you receive from me some basis of watercolour painting that enable you to create an unusually attractive background for your layouts.

And now let me share with you the secret of wonderfully ?broken? blots. For this effect use quite a big, round brush (no. 10 at least), moist it with water, then with a significant amount of paint. Placing the brush quite far away from the cardboard (you should preferably put the cardboard on the floor, stand over it and keep the brush high above the ground) wait until the drop of paint falls on the base. It is, naturally, a quite risky method as it is really hard to foresee the final place where the drop falls, but it is, undoubtedly, very spectacular.

I usually begin my work on the layouts with searching for any kind of inspiration: a picture, some fantastic scrapwork which has charmed me and urged to create something equally good, a view from the window, friends, a child, a funny situation. I often get inspired by quotations, poems, melodies ? I love music inspirations! I think they?re most amusing, they evoke my deepest emotions; in music I find the greatest number of colours, hues and shades. On the other hand, words acquaint me with distinct forms: either these very simple, inostensible or, on the contrary, these most sophisticated, baroque ones.

This time I was inspired… (I will add this part of artifcle when I make my layout ) ahhahaha

We are waiting for your huuuuge splashes on the layouts and other creations below this post! I think it’s interesting challenge – you have to try!


Anna-Maria Wolniak


12 Feb 2013

Layering with Anna-Maria

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Layering tips and tricks with Anna-Maria


Hi everybody! Last time I wrote a few words about creating layers using papers and embellishments. This time – as I promised you it before – I will concentrate on a simple watercolour media layers. This will be very subtle and delicate effect.
If you want to try you will need watercolour paint or custom mists, colour inks or Faber-Catell gellos – anything you have will be enough to try and decide do you like this technic or not.

You can use the watercolours directly on your paper but I encourage you to prepare a simple gesso base sefore you start. It’s not such difficult as it appers. You just have to spread a little bit of gesso or white acrylic paint here and there near your photo and leave it till it dry. The next step is more complicated and I will focus on it in this article.

THE EFFECT OF SMUDGY, DIFFUSED COLOURS. If you want to achieve the effect of lap-dissolving, fluently penetrating colours, you should first apply a significant amount of water onto the paper; when the base is still wet, dip the brush into the paint and gently apply it on the paper; subsequently the paint itself begins to spread on the wet surface. Next to what you have just painted, just before it dries, apply another colour using the same technique. To avoid melting of the two applied colours you should wait until the first one dries a bit before laying the other one (it might get useful when, for example, we want to match the blue paint with the yellow one, avoiding the final effect of green).

As you can observe on my page – the effect is very gentle, almost invisible. I create this layout using a lot of paper layers and some mixed-media ones. I added my favourite Dear Lizzy ‘5th & Frolic’ stickers and other papers and embellishments in pale palette which suits perfect to this line.

OK, so this is what I prepared for you today. Next time I will add some other watercolour techincs for you. I am waiting for your creations in the comments below this post! Adn if you have any questions – just ask them – also here.
Thank you for reading and have a nice day!
XoXo Anna Maria


25 Jan 2013

Layering Tips: with Anna Maria

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Anna Maria is going to share some of her tips for layering on her projects… Take it away Anna…

Everything you have :: a few words about layering.

I have thought that I shall start from sharing with you something that is a common feature of my works, still not so much complicated. I have decided to acquaint you with a “layering” technique, or creating the composition of a work on various, multiple layers.

The layers in my works are structured on various planes – these are diverse, applied layer by layer media and paper elements. Today I would like to focus on the latter, leaving the media for some other time.

What materials can be used to create layers.

The answer is – anything you have at hand, any available paper scraps, pages from notebooks, clothing labels, tracing paper, tissue paper, fabric, tags, labels, stickers, paper bags, envelopes, threads, and any other possible “rubbish”.

There are countless possibilities – you are limitied only by your imagination and the contents of your drawers.

To create the layers of the work described below, I used: a fragment of a folded paper bag, some pages torn out of a notebook, scrapbooking paper, tags, ATC, stickers from “5th & Frolic” collection and tangled threads.

How to create layers and what is essential to make them.

Layering means applying subsequent elements of composition onto one another. I prefer working “from detail to whole”. I strat with a picture. Then, using some glue or double-sided adhesive tape, I attach subsequent layers of paper under the photo. Sometimes I try to align the elements along the edge of the picture, other times I concentrate on creating a really big mess. Remeber that not all the layers must closely adhere to each other. It is sufficient if they are attached to each other in two or three places. Thanks to this, the whole work will seem more dimensional. It is also cool to stick some little 3D sponges underneath the final layers (as I did in my work). Then, the effect of dimension is even more visible, which makes the work even more interesting.

As soon as all the layers are arranged and glued, I attach them to the base. Later, I add some elements such as a title, journaling, stamps – you are always bound to find some free space that asks for a sticker or a stamp. You should follow these suggestions with no objections.

Why layering produces such amazing effects.

I do not really know how to answer this question myself. When I look at such dimensional works, I have an impression that thanks to subsequent layers the whole structure is much more interesting. Something is hidden behind something else, some other thing is being pushed to the foreground as if it wanted to say: “I am more attractive”, “My colour is nicer”, “Pay attention to me first!”. You might think that I am a bit round the bend, but these are the impressions I really get while admiring this sort of works. They talk to me, they appeal to me. Their speech leads me through the whole work, starting with the dominant elements (which is usually the photo – the main element of the composition), until the tiniest, the least noticeable details, such as miniature stamps or almost invisible, pastel colour spots. Dimensionality is an instrument that allows me to enter the word of travelling through subsequent layers, and I really think it is wonderful.

And the most important thing about it is that it is so incredibly easy, which is something I hope I have proven to you in this article. You do not need much to have your layout look attractive – you do not need en excess of materials, you might even use scraps and fragments of previously cut papers. It is also a perfect way to create hiding-places for your souvenirs, or private notes.

In my following works I intend to lead you through some more stages of applying layers and I hope you will take to this scrapbooking technique for real.

Thanks for your attention, I cannot wait to see your “layering attempts” – please, share them here, on this blog!

Anna Maria