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Sweet Dreams | Photo Tutorial

Written by Donna Ong

Hello pretty peeps! I have a tutorial for you all on how this layout came about. It’s still all about coloring this month! Hope you like it!


Note: photo heavy post

1. Prep your background first by brushing thin layer of gesso all over. All over coz I intend to apply different mediums in several parts of the page


2. Brush gesso diluted in water

DonnaEspiritu-Coloringtheme-tutorial-023. Spray color shine and then wipe with a gauze or similar, just tap it not swipe. This will create an interesting texture.


4.  Mix some modeling paste and Tombow marker color blue.


5. Use a stencil and apply to the background


6. Cut a couple of cloud shapes


7. Brush the edges with blue Tombow marker and brown watercolor pencil. Spread with brush and then ink the edges with distress ink. Do the latter part when the water has dried already.




8. Use the marker again to stamp some images


9. Use some die cuts to cut flowers and leaves. Apply marker in the middle and blend with brush. Ink the edges with distress ink as well


10.  I cut smaller clouds again and brushed the edges with blue Tombow marker. Will ink the edges with distress ink too

DonnaEspiritu-Coloringtheme-tutorial-1411.  I used several pens to write one of the words of my title. I used watercolor paper.DonnaEspiritu-Coloringtheme-tutorial-15

12. And then I started adhering the embellishments in place. I also used some messy threads


Here are detail shots of my layout



My journaling is hidden in this cute little pocket tucked underneath my photo


I used these Petaloo spring berry clusters as center accent to a couple of flowers


Loving lots of textures, layers and clusters (as usual lol)


Hope you my layout inspired you today!

Here’s what you have to do to play along this month:

  • Use any coloring mediums on your project .
  • Upload your entry at our  members gallery and link us up in this thread in the forum “August 2015 challenge – Coloring”.  (To understand how to add your projects to the gallery, please check the tutorial here).
  • All entries are due by 31st August, 2015.

Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.

(Note: a winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.)

Happy crafting!


Supplies used:

Marion Smith Designs Junque Gypsy 6×6 paper pad

Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Open Book 12×12″ Paper Pad

Maggie Holmes Styleboard 12×12″ Patterned Paper: Vintage Charm

Simple Stories [email protected]! Lights Color Vibe Stickers 4″X6″ Sheets 8/Pkg Letters

Free Spirit Flowers – Fabric Flower Power 1.25″ To 2″ 12/Pkg

Prima Marketing Princess 6×6 paper pad

Studio Gesso White 4 Ounces

Plaid® Mod Podge® Matte 8 oz

Tombow Dual Brush Marker Carded Blue

Tombow Dual Brush Marker Carded Process Yellow

Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils

Ranger Tim Holtz Tools Waterbrush Nib Detailer

Crafter’s Workshop Template 6″X6″ – Well Rounded

Heidi Swapp Color Shine Coral Spray Mist

Petaloo Botanica Collection Spring Berry Cluster Teal

Prima Marketing Bedtime Story Chipboard Stickers & More


Sharpie Brush Tip Permanent Marker – Black




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