Saturday Scraplift: Making Brush Work Shine

I love the technique of using brush work to ground a design. It often provides just the needed touch to make a page feel finished. I loved this page by Kathy (Blackkathy) when I saw it in the gallery. She uses her brush work so creatively as a background for a great series of photos. In addition to the horizontal line created by her brush work, she also added a vertical element with her title and flower brush – such a pleasing page! The Creative Team had fun lifting Kathy and hope you’ll be inspired, too. 

Kathy’s page:

Either Mel (Britgirl) lives in one of the most beautiful spots on earth, or she’s an amazing photographer. Truthfully, I believe both statements are accurate. I love seeing the countryside in Wales, and she showcases it beautifully on her page by going large with the photo of an approaching storm. Watery brush work allows her photo to fade into the background, and her choice of an acrylic alpha enables her to place her title right on her photo.

Credits: Edge Overlays No. 06;  Defining Paint Blend Layers No. 02; Spill Frame Layers No. 03; Clear Thru Alphabet No. 13; ARToptions Krafty Paper Pack No. 02

Even though I am SO not a snake lover, I couldn’t help but smile at Liz’s (lizziet5) series of photos that so brilliantly capture her grandson’s encounter with Sidney. I love the arrow pointing upward to her title, and her use of the twist brushes and wavy journaling suggests Sidney’s sinuous lines. The epoxy snake and flecks of orange brush work are the perfect finishing touches to a delightful page.

Credits: Textured Cardstock: SeaSand Paper Pack; Thin Classic Photo Frames Curled and Flat No. 01; Gator Crossing Element Pack; Monthly Memories Element Pack No. 06; Epoxy Dot Essentials No. 01; Touch Up Paint Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Pencil Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 02; Twisted Dots No. 01; Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 04; Watery Washes No. 04 Brushes and Stamps; Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 13; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 06; Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 07; Just for You Word Art Brushes and Stamps; Curved Text Paths No. 01; Clear-Thru Arrows No. 02

Kate (OKate), one of our Guest CT Members, did a wonderful lift of Kathy’s page by using a series of photos of her nephew and nieces over the years, inspired by Kathy’s pictures of her granddaughters. I am a pushover for plaid paper, and I adore how Kate masked it with her watery brushes – love, love, love! The subtle text on her background paper is also a winner in my book.

Credits: Josie Scrapbook Kit; Textured Whites Paper Pack No. 01; Painted Photo Masks Brushes and Stamps No. 06; Stamped Blocks No. 12 Brushes and Stamps; Watery Photo Masks No. 07; Jingle Element Pack; Bracketed Sentiments No. 03 Brushes and Stamps; Big Bottom Lift Classic Photo Frames No. 01

I tried the resist and gradient fill technique that Sara demonstrated in her latest Adobe Photoshop or Elements tip of the week. It enabled me to create the perfect brush work backdrop for a series of colorful food photos. Then I went vertical with some eating utensils and a list of some of my favorite foods.

Credits: Booked Blue Solids Paper Pack; Vintage Edge Overlays No. 01; Watery Photo Masks No. 06; Watery Photo Masks No. 14; Documenting Essentials Brushes and Stamps No. 03; Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 07; Bexley Element Pack; Eat Cake Element Pack; Hush-a-Bye Element Pack; Lots of Love Element Pack; Dog Park Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Kathy’s page will inspire you to browse through that cool stash of brushes you have; they told me they’re just dying to make an appearance on your page. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery as well as in the October Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum. Happy scrapping!

 

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