Welcome to my Take Ten: Texture class! I’m so excited for you to join me for these ten process videos that delve into using texture both as a design element, and to help tell your stories. I’ve also created a few supplemental videos that take some of the techniques or ideas shared in the process videos, and show them in a little more detail. I’ll share with you some ideas for collecting items from around your house to use on your layouts, show you one of my favourite photo editing apps for adding printed texture (faux-texture) to your photos, give you a beginner mixed media lesson, and show you a few other things throughout this class. My process videos are jam-packed with tips, tricks, and explanations, and I’ve tried to be as thorough as I could with these, slowing down the speed whenever necessary to give you more explanation. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I’ve enjoyed making them.
I’ve created a Facebook group, which will serve as our interactive classroom. There, you can post photos of the pages you create from this class, chat with one another, and me, and ask questions. We can learn far more from interacting with one another than we could from a single teacher, so I encourage you all to share your experiences and ideas there as well! Here’s where you can find our Facebook group/classroom:
*NEW as of noon AST September 19, 2016*- I’ve also added a class page that is video content only, in one complete playlist for those who would rather just watch, than scroll through this page:
Let’s kick off the class by talking about where to find elements that will help you add texture to your pages.
Finding and Storing items to add texture to your pages:
In this first process video, I add a variety of different materials to create a rich textured look that draws you into the page. When layering lots of texture together in one pile, I like to use a single colour (tone on tone layering) so I can pile on lots of interest without overwhelming the viewer. Tone on tone layering looks especially beautiful in white, and this theme will be revisited (with even more white) later in the class. On this page, the tone on tone layered texture is the white painted cardboard, with white mesh, and white vellum. It adds interest while being barely there.
This page uses die cut corrugate cardboard, netting, gesso, paint, ripped paper edges, string, chunky glitter, foam letter stickers, staples, shiny puffy stickers, and more, for texture.
Canada Day Car Selfie Process Video:
This layout goes into texture overdrive by piling on layers for a messy casual look. If you really want to go to town with texture, this video is for you! To make this look work without feeling like it’s overkill, minimize your use of colour (in this case I used only green) and stick to one or two different motifs (in this case stars and hearts). Intentional placement and repetition of these few colours and motifs around the page to tie together all the varied elements of texture.
This page uses left over texture paste from a stencil used on another layout, embossed paper, border punches, burlap, crepe paper, left-over die cut pieces, rub-ons, messy thread bundles, gold foil, cork, and more! I used a white doily to provide some separation between the busy background and all the textured layers in the foreground.
Just Us Process Video:
The Basics of Using Mixed Media for Texture:
In this video I share my favourite products and techniques for adding interest to backgrounds using mixed media. I think you can tell I really love gesso! If you haven’t tried mixed media on your scrapbook pages, you should know that you don’t have to buy a whole lot of products to get started. There are so many products out there, and they come in many colours and finishes, so it can feel overwhelming or like you need to have all the colours of all the products. If you’re just getting started with mixed media, it is much better to start with a bottle of gesso and one other product to put texture on your page (such as a texture paste). Then you can use supplies you already have on hand to tint that product, or just use it white and add colour on top of it. Then, after you get to know that product, you can try something different, and go from there.
I don’t usually give supply lists because I want you to scrapbook from your own stash, but I’ll list the products I used in the video above so you can find them easily if you are looking to try these specific mediums:
Many other products could be used in place of these three including (but not limited to) these:
And there are lots of different types of gesso listed at Simon Says Stamp
In Take Two I went BIG on texture, so in Take Three, I used smaller amounts of texture for a subtle look. A watercolour background using Liquitex Ink! and a liquid-looking watery effect using Glaze gel pens from Sakura take this page to the next level. If you don’t have Liquitex ink, you could get a similar look with re-inkers, mist, or actual watercolour paints.
In addition to the watercolour background, this layout uses the Tim Holtz distressing tool, cheesecloth, machine sewing, my border punch edging technique, vellum, a coffee filter, and of course, those lovely Sakura Glaze pens!
Poolside Process Video:
For this title-dominant layout, black rubber letters are paired with grey textured card stock in the negative space of the text. The smooth white card stock background paper provides a nice contrast for these two textures to really dazzle. This example really illustrates how lack of texture in one element (in this case the smooth white card stock) allows texture to be notices in other elements (in this case the rubber letters and the grey textured card stock. If Batman is texture, then Robin is the smooth surfaces on your page!
Because of its long title, this page uses few embellishments. Cheesecloth, waffle paper, a paper bag, glitter paper, the Tim Holtz distress tool, glitter enamel dots, glitter foam stickers, were all used on this page.
This page also shows an example of story trumping design. From a design perspective, I wanted to use foam letter stickers for the “Jack Skellington” part of the title, but the rubber ones embodied the spirit of the character so well, they were clearly the better option.
Jack Skellington Process Video:
Here is another take on using texture in your title, this time with die cut felt. In this page, I show you how to add a touch of drama to a clean and simple page, with… you guessed it- texture!
The felt I used in this project is from http://benziedesign.com
#DramaKids Process Video:
The first 10 minutes of this video shows and explains a detailed technique for creating a textured background using left over letter stickers from your stash. By covering the entire piece with gesso it tones down the otherwise busy background and makes it the perfect base for this school-themed layout. The dark crevices in some of the letters adds further interest to this background, but if you’d rather a solid white look, another coat of white paint would fill them in nicely. I’d love to see this same technique using wood veneers in place of the letter stickers! There is also a tip for keeping an empty mist bottle around (for the nozzle!) to use with inks that don’t come with a misting nozzle.
You may find that certain textured items don’t hold well with your regular tape runner. I like to use Scor-Tape which is made by Scor-Pal and Sookwang, but there are other high-tac tapes out there, including the red-line or Terrifically Tacky tape with an orange plastic release backing.
Another tip about splattering mists: be careful of the blood-splatter look you sometimes get with red-based mists. Although I used pink and purple here, it still looks a little crime-scene-ish in spots. I don’t mind this, but if it matters to you, test out the mist splatters before you splat!
First Day Process Video:
Embossing Folders and Other Tools Video:
Embossing folders are such versatile tools for adding texture. In this video I show some of my favourite techniques for using them, and also show you a few more handy texture tools.
This page shows how you can balance off a wild background by intentionally placing some structure around the layout. The use of a strong horizontal line, symmetry, and repetition achieve the structure that perfectly balances with the organic feel of the textured background.
This layout uses texture paste, ink, and a Stencil Girl stencil to create an embossed, textured background. I also made some fun embellishments from the negative space of die-cuts. Some of these made it onto the page, and the leftovers can be stored with my other die cuts for a future page.
Wild Heart Process Video:
Tangent App Summary:
On my YouTube channel I recently reviewed a wonderful photo editing app called SnapSeed (watch the video here if you missed it). SnapSeed is great for taking your everyday photos to the next level, but for adding a fun artsy textured look, I’ve been using another app called Tangent. Tangent allows you to place overlays on your photos that add a faux texture, with dots, stripes, and cool geometric shapes.
I’m so excited to share this page with you, as it’s one of my favourites from the class! In this video I demonstrate how we can use texture to accentuate a minimalist, white-on-white layout. Using a minimalist design is a great way to show off an artsy photo, but it’s difficult to make a layout interesting when using only a few items. Enter texture, to the rescue again! Cheese netting, embossing folders, distressed edges, tissue paper, and messy machine sewing with the threads left to hang, all make this a minimal look with maximum interest! Remember to test whether items are acid-free if that’s important to you, and then dive into your recycle bin!
I also share a tip for erasing light pencil lines from your page. I use a white eraser, and don’t press at all on it as I’m erasing. Just the weight of the eraser is enough, with a few passes, to gently rub away the pencil lines without damaging the fibres of the paper, or lightening your black marker lines.
Sail! Process Video:
This take is all about playing embossing folders and ink to get a debossed and an embossed look. In what I thought was a deja-vu experience, I used my border punch edging technique again and showed it in an even more detailed explanation with a regular speed video. I like this technique so much, I don’t even mind that I taught it to you twice (and I hope you don’t mind either)! You can also come along with me as I sort out my trouble with titles on this page. It’s unrelated to texture, but there’s a lesson in there nonetheless. Readers gonna read, scrappers gonna scrap, and Tracy’s gonna just put all her titles on journaling cards from now on.
Readers Gonna Read Process Video:
WAIT! Hold the phone! That’s not right, is it? The title above was bothering me… something that rarely happens. I am a firm believer in embracing imperfections and moving on to the next layout, but this one really got to me, so:
Ok, now we can carry on with the class…
In this video I’ll show you how to get a cool textured effect on your photo, and we’ll explore contrasting smooth, shiny textures with coarse, matte surfaces. I’ll also talk about those textured paper collections (hello, Carta Bella and Fancy Pants!), a technique I call “inlining,” dusting off an old paper crimper, and just how beautiful ARE those rubber embellishments so many manufacturers are putting out these days?
#Mug Process Video:
That wraps up this Take Ten class on texture! I hope you’ve taken away some ideas and inspiration about using texture on your scrapbook pages! I wanted to thank you once again for taking this class and leave you with a recap video: