Hello! Emily here on the lovely day of scrapbooking celebrations the world over. Today I'm going to focus on misting. Misting on a layout can be frightening, I readily admit this to be a true (and oft heard) comment. The whole randomness of where the mists will land on your page can be enough to strike fear in any scrapper untested in the art of misting. I've put together four tips that might encourage you to get your misting feet wet (I don't recommend actually misting your feet though...).
1. USE A MASK
You can control where the mist falls if you mask off everything but the spot you want the mist to fall. You can use masks especially made for getting messy, like this one from Crafter's Workshop. I covered the background paper with scrap papers, except for where the stencil was, then sprayed a couple of layers of mist that was a similar color to the background.
Or you can make your own mask with scratch paper. I covered the top half of the cardstock and misted a light layer of brown. I then arranged strips of scratch paper over that misted section and misted a second, heavier layer.
2. RECOLOUR ALMOST ANY PRODUCT
This works great for anything made of natural fibers like canvas, burlap, or twill.
There are also products made especially for misting, they have a resist surface that won't take the mist. This alphabet has a ledger resist that only shows up when you add a layer of mist.
3. GO ALL OUT!
For this layout, I picked four mist colours that I knew would blend well. I had set up an elaborate masking system to get different the rows of colour, but found it worked best to just spray row after row and let them blend. This really was an experiment and I tried a few different times before I liked what I created.
4. JUST PLAY
You're going to make mistakes, you'll mess up, and that's OK. Experiment with colors together, they may work, they may not. For this card, I used the negative space of some cut out letters, misted one letter, then overlapped the next. I'm OK with how it turned out, but I won't be using this combination of colours again, I didn't like how they blended.
Like anything else, misting becomes easier the more you do it. Have fun with it, start small, and remember there's more than one way to use the product! One last thought on the topic: I use a pizza box to house my project while I mist, it keeps the overspray to a minimum. Have fun! ~ Emily
Next up at 11:00 p.m: Virginia Nebel armed with a corner rounder!