Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Hi!!! I hope you are all enjoying your start to the week!! I'm very excited to say that 13 Arts have teemed up with Sketchabilities this week and that some of our team have the pleasure of guest designing over on their blog which you can checkout here. We are also having a reveal on the 13 Arts blog, so be sure to pop over and check it out!!!

I have also put together a little step-by-step background tutorial for you, so make sure you read right though!!!

Here is the awesome sketch I have based my layout on:


Some close-ups:

Here is a quick background tutorial I have put together for you:

Step 1: Scrape some gesso on your background in a rough triangle shape then dry. Then take your 13 Arts Color Basics Triangle Mask and using a lead pencil trace triangles on your background.

Step 2: When your happy with the position of all your drawn triangles, again take your stencil and place it on your background. use a palette knife to spread modelling paste through the mask. I have actually tried to spread it in a way so that I have not completely filled any triangle with the paste, instead creating, raised, partially finished triangles.

Step 3 and 4: Stamp the paste while it is still wet. I have used an ordinary Lego block, and also a Lego Duplo block which is larger. You can use pretty much anything for this step, however if you choose to use a normal stamp I would advise spritzing it with water first. After that let your modelling paste air-dry.

Step 5: Now that it is dry you can begin adding color, I have used 13 Arts Mists in Chalk Celedon, Chalk Sap Green, Pastel Green, and Pastel Yellow. I have sprayed some of each color onto my craft mat, then using a paint brush applied the colors directly to my background, switching colors often, and blending with each other.

Step 6: When I had finished the background it seemed like it was missing something so I have added some 13 Arts Water-Based Ink in Orange, again painting it on the background with a very wet brush. Add some splatters of color around the page.

Step 7: When all the color is dry use a black pen and doodle around some of the modelling paste triangles. I have done this in a very random manner.

Step 8 and 9: To finish off I have added a little black stamping with a triangle stamp, and some splatters of 13 Arts Water-Based Ink in Black (Graphite). 

Step 10: Now that your background is finished you can begin to build your paper layers, add your photos and other elements.

And there you have your finished page!!! I hope you liked the tutorial!!!

13 Arts Products used:
Color Basics - Papers
Color Basics - Stencil (Triangles)
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Celedon
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Sap Green
Ayeeda Mist - Pastel Yellow
Ayeeda Mist - Pastel Green
Ayeeda Water-based Ink - Orange 
Ayeeda Water-based Ink - Black (Graphite)
Ayeeda paint - White and Silver Glitter
Chipboard - Spruce Branch
Chipboard - Fly Away - Words


  1. Love this & I LOVE your style too Jacqueline. Fabulous tutorial. TFS. :)

  2. Always love step by steps, and love your layout.. the back ground is amazing and the photos and flowers are beautiful...

  3. GORGEOUS! LOOOVE the bg tut.....& those triangles look totally SCRUMPTIOUS!!!


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