And welcome to May. Over the last month I have had a few changes come about in my life. My health has been very up and down and I have had some personal problems with some people in my life. That being said I have decided to change some areas in my life and that includes a cut from the local scrapbooking store here. I will not go into details, but I feel that this move is beneficial to both my mental and physical well being. That being said I have decided to change up my blog and begin to have some structure here. Three times a week, beginning in June, I intend to bring tutorials and classes to the blogging/scrapping world. Nothing big to start with but techniques and products that I love using. This will both include my own stuff and links to some of the amazing tutorials and people out there who inspire me to create almost everyday. On Tuesdays will be Technique Tuesday. Here I will show the techniques that I use as my staples on most of the pages I create. On Thursdays I will be presenting a Weekly Class, a mini class or a bigger class, depending on the project, lol, showcasing either start to finish photo, or as time goes by I hope video, tutorials.
Then on Saturdays will be Stencil Saturdays. This idea comes from a Journal Artista (not sure I'm spelling it right). She has a Ustream class on Saturdays. Mine won't be that fancy, just simple tutorials about different ways, projects and pages using stencils.
Sorry I haven't posted much lately guys, I've been feeling very under the weather. The kids keep bringing home different flues and colds. But starting to feel a little better at the moment. Hopefully will finish some pages in the next couple of days and get them up on here.
Here is the sketch for Scrap365's April challenge:
And here is my entry:
Here are some close ups:
This page was created using a technique taught by Nicolee Cable in a class I did quite awhile ago. I really like the graphic/graffiti feel of it. the journalling is on the green card tucked under the photo.
I then added a piece of Night's Fever paper from the Dreamer Collection as my base for the remainder of my page. I ruffed up the edges of the paper with my Prima Distresser. I added butter muslin under my photo, the butterfly is from a ring I bought at my local cheapie shop and the jeweled pieces are from a pair of shoes I bought at my local op-shop. I then added my my title.
Today I am bring you a comparison blog about the differences between Moulding Paste and Joint Compound. I have seen a lot reciently on YouTube and different mixed media sites about the use of Joint Compound being used in place of Moulding Paste.
Here are the three completed pages:
I started this test with 3 of the same page bases, the same as I usually use, that is three gesso-ed 8 1/2 x 11 double pages. Here are the products I used:
Page One I used the Joint Compound on the first page in the centre, the top right and the bottom left.
I dried it with my heat gun and it dried really quick and without any bubbling that you often see with moulding paste. It did dry a little lighter, but not as much as I would have liked.
I then added the spray mists. I left it to dry naturally.
For this page I added the Moulding Paste in a diagonal line from bottom left to top right.
Knowing that this Moulding Paste bubbles when heated to much with the heat gun, I left it to dry naturally.
I then added the spray mists. I then let it dry naturally.
Page Three At this point I decided that for most of my pages the color of the Joint Compound was not really the look I wanted, I wanted the texture to be the same as the background. I then added Joint Compound to the third page in the four corners to create a frame.
I then dried it with my heat gun. Again it dried really quickly and without bubbling.
I then covered the entire page with gesso. I knew that some areas already had gesso, but I decided to do a complete coverage so there was no chance I would miss any. I then left it to dry naturally. I then added the spray mists. I allowed this sprays to dry naturally in pools of color, as I wanted the intensity of color for this page.
I then completed each page. In the end I noticed several differences between the Moulding Paste and the Joint Compound: 1. The color difference. The Moulding Paste is a soft white and the Joint Compound is a soft cream/light brown, 2. The Moulding Paste really soaked up and made the colors more vivid and the Joint Compound did not soak up as much color and soften the colors a little, and 3. Where I coated the Joint Compound with the gesso, it created a great surface on which the sprays sat and mixed. In conclusion, the Joint Compound is fantastic when you add gesso to the top or where the soft creamy color is an advantage, like on kraft cardstock. And Moulding Paste is good for when you want to keep your colors more true and vibrant.
See you all again soon.
Michelle P.S. As an after-thought I tried the Joint Compound on Kraft cardstock and was very pleased with the results.