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Niki Rowland GoGo Getaway dulling down busy background and stitching

Hey there, Niki here today with my own take on one of the classes taught at the Ipswich GoGo Dayaway event in July called Creative Cuts & Magical Mediums.  In this class by Lorraine she used mediums to tone down a busy background and also added some hand stitching.

I choose a paper I’ve had in my stash for absolutely ages but never used becuase it is sooooo busy! It’s also very dark in colour so that’s another reason why it’s hard to use and why I haven’t used it. With papers like this I usually use them to form a small border around the outside of a white background and fussy cut bits from the gutted piece but I challenged myself to use it as a whole piece.


I just used white acrylic paint to make part of the background less busy. I chose acrylic paint rather than gesso as it is thicker and has more coverage. I began by applying one layer but it was still a bit thin, so once dry I applied a second coat.


When the paint was dry I paper pierced some holes and hand stitched some squares onto the painted area.


I then built my layout on top of that area. There was enough separation between the photo cluster and embellishments due to the white paint but the background was still very apparent as there is lots of it on show. I’m so pleased with how this turned out and this is something I will ensure I do again to show off those fabulous busy backgrounds that I might not otherwise use.

Niki Rowland GoGo Getaway dulling down busy background and stitching

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my layout and my take on Lorraine’s class – make sure you give it a go yourself 🙂


Find me designing for Freckled Fawn, Just Nick, Hey Little Magpie, GoGo Getaway, Silhouette UK, Stick it Down, and UK Scrap Addicts. Also on my own blog: Being Scrappy and on Instagram as @nikiclaire

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