Friday 7 December 2018

Scrap Matrix DT December

 The Colour Wheel with Helen
Welcome back to the Scrap Matrix challenge this month 
where we have a gorgeous mood board to inspire you.

I've heard a rumour that Christmas is coming, but getting  stuck into a challenge is a sure fire way to de-stress.  I promise!

I decided to challenge myself by using a colour wheel which I bought recently from Scrap Matrix.  I tend to gravitate to the same colours all the time; often using a monochromatic theme.   It gets a bit boring, even for me, so it's time to experiment! 

As I've never studied art at any level, all these combinations are new to me and I choose a Triad (Contrast) theme, with three colours equally spaced on the wheel. 
Green-Blue, Violet-Red and Orange-Yellow.  

The eye on the mood board also inspired me and I used a piece of art work, created by Hope Wallace, a truly talented artist in our family.  Thank you Hope.

But, back to the beginning.  I almost always use clear Gesso on my page before I begin, to seal the Card Stock so I can use Mixed media. It seals the background and makes it easier to sop up a any little mistakes.  

I apply it fairly thickly, then smooth it out, often with my hands.  It looks white here, but dries clear.

Next, I added the quote, using a wide bodied printer.

Using a new stencil, I applied a thick layer of texture paste and allowed it to dry overnight. It's Oh so tempting to rush this part, but I've learnt my lesson and leave it well alone these days.

These Scribble Sticks are new to me and I love the creamy texture they add on top of texture paste.  I scribbled directly onto the texture and then added water with a soft brush.

These are the three colours I used,Fuschia, Peacock and Cheddar.  The Cheddar appears orangey in the stick, but it's yellow when scribbled onto the project.

By scribbling the sticks onto a craft mat and adding water, I made liquid colour, which I just flicked around with a brush.
I was trying to simulate a colour wheel; what do you think?

Finally, I added some strips of colour on two of the edges with some punched borders, filled in with card stock.

I hope you find time to play along, just add your entry to the Scrap Matrix Shares page in the corresponding folder and don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you used and what inspired you.  You could be in the running for a  gift voucher and perhaps a Guest Design Team spot down the track.

Scrap Matrix Products used:-
AALL & Create Stencil # 28 - not currently in stock


  1. Wow!! What a fabulous page Helen! So arty and absolutely gorgeous!! I love all the white space with just those bits of colour! A wonderful quote, great techniques and totally brilliant design!! My new fave!! Have a great day!! hugs xx

  2. Wow--you may not have studied art, but boy do you have artistic talent, Helen! Love your new stencil & this wonderful page!

  3. What do I think???? This is stunning, a visual delight, very cleverly created.. brilliant creating Helen!! I love it!!

  4. Ooooohhh that is SO artsy Helen, i love it!! Definitely evocative of a colour wheel and a perfect illustration of those very wise words. I haven't tried the Scribble Sticks yet - they look a bit like Gelatos but more vivid colours, are they similar to use? I love colour wheels, I have one I printed off and assembled which works pretty well. Who needs art school, you have found your own way :o)xxx