Dissecting Design

Hello everyone.  Denise here.  Today is my turn for Dissecting Design.  Everyone has their own way to start a layout.  Some people start with photos are product and are inspired from there.  I sometimes approach my layouts that way but more often than not I create a background and see what direction it takes me.  Here are some examples.

I chose my color choices for this one from the paper in last months kit.  I used  modeling paste, a stencil, spray inks, and pigment ink to create the background.  When it was finished I decided I didn’t want to add any paper because it was so pretty simple the way it was.  I found a photo that matched the colors and viola!

Now in this next layout from June’s Candy Shoppe, I just started inking and spray painting with stencils.  When the background was finished I then went into my kit and found papers and embellishments that suited the background.  I love how it ended up.

In this layout using Graffiti Bridge I grabbed some spray paint in colors that were in the kit and some stencils and just did some playing around.  I had no idea what this layout was going to look like.  The background was just a place to start.  From there I grabbed paper and embellishments to enhance the background.

And finally with this layout I started with some patterned paper I liked and as a start, I just smeared some white paint on it.  When that was dry I added stamped images and rubons.  The photo and embellishments came after.

I hope this gives you a little peek into my madness.  I don’t always create this way but when I am stumped, creating a background first seems to get me started.


Dissecting Design - Multi-photo Layouts
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  1. Laura C - Michigan

    I love what you did here Denise! I see your signature doodling is there too! Spray paint? As in a can of spray paint or is there spray paint made for mixed media?

  2. SuzMannecke

    Love these layouts Denise! The first is my fave! So soft and it depicts fall in such a lovely way. 🙂

  3. Marti Richards

    Very inspiring how you created the background first on these!


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