When Vanessa asked me if she could send me some Grungeboard to play with, I was a little nervous.
I'd heard so much about this material, so many people rave about it, that I was worried I wouldn't know what to do and would make a mess of using it.
The first thing I did was to search out the Tim Holtz You-Tube video to see if that would give me any suggestions.
It didn't really give me any other ideas, but it was good to see someone using it, and how much you can abuse it without damaging it at all!
When my package arrived, the first thing i noticed was the very distinctive smell- it reminded me of the ballet shoes I used to wear as a child!
Vanessa had sent me some assorted Grungeboard shapes, along with some Love Elsie papers from the Forrest range; with some co-ordinating Bazzill cardstock, and assorted other embellishments, including some Queen and Co. Felt Fusion.
To decorate these Grungeboard pieces, I first painted them with a base colour acrylic paint- brown for the large wings and heart; bright blue for the smaller wings.
Next I inked around the edges using a gold inkpad.
The pieces I had been sent have the harlequin pattern already embossed onto them. To highlight this I then lightly brushed the inkpad over them, holding the inkpad very flat, but going over again and again to build up the intensity of the colour.
This is the whole of the layout...
and some other detailed shots...
I followed a very similar technique for my second layout, but this time I used a ink dabber to colour the swirls yellow, then inked over the top with a brown chalk inkpad.
And this is the complete layout...