The Golden Touch by Ilene Tell
I recently created a layout, and today I will share the three phases it went through. For this layout, I used the new Enchanted Harvest collection for its gorgeous colors. The photo is of a Pre-Raphaelite painting by Edward Burne-Jones. Pre-Raphaelite art is one of my favorite styles that I have loved since I was a teenager. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that our small local museum has a whole collection of it! I took this photo on my phone at the museum. Considering it's pretty dark inside, I think it came out beautifully. The photo is a close-up of the painting, that shows the gorgeous technique where the golden paint was layered thickly and has a crackle effect. You would really have to see it in person to get a feel for the magnitude of its impact.
So, here is the first phase. To empahsize the gold, I added gold glitter paste using the brocade stencil, and also added some of the wood embellishments and some flowers. If I had wanted to be done here, I would have also added the title with sticker letters that came with the 12x12 sticker sheet.
For the next phase, I embellished a little more by coloring the wood embellishments with gold chalk ink (this was perfect to color the wood since it let the burned design show through). I also added some jewel flourishes. Already you can see that simple step helps the wood blend in better:
For the last phase, I added the title and some of the gorgeous BoBunny gold foil transfers. I defined the edges of the layout with chocolate pearlescents, added some butterflies, and then added more gold glitter paste to the flowers and butterfly wings (this is very easy to do with a palette knife).
I hope you enjoyed this litlle peek into the stages that a layout can go through. It would have been fine to stop at any one stage and be done there. With art, there's really no right or wrong. My one tip would be - if you're working on something and you're not happy with it, just keep adding and subtracting until you get it to look the way you want it to.
Patterned Paper: Enchanted Harvest / Nymph, Gratitude, Butterflies, Foliage
Foil Transfers: Accents Gold, Alphabet Gold
Combo Sticker: Enchanted Harvest
Wood: Iron Works
Glitter Paste: Gold
Pearlescents: Chocolate, Gold
Jewel Flourishes: Chocloate
Blossoms: Harvest Orange Pansy, Harvest Orange Daisy