Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Media Pools Grid Layout – Cup Of Tea

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

One of my favourite ways to play with different media is to try a few out on one project, in different areas. I call this ‘media pools’. One recent layout I did this on was the Easter Egg Hunt Layout where I filled the eggs with different types of paint and textures.

Today’s layout uses a grid for the same kind of effect. By keeping the different medias in their own little places, it means you can focus on each small area one at a time, and if you are trying out a new technique you can confine it to a tiny area! It can also be a great way to use up paper scraps if you fill some holes with them too:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

The grid is a file from The Cut Shoppe, it’s called ‘Get Your Grid On’. I cut it out using my Cricut Explore, but the first time I cut it the machine was ripping up all the letters:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I tried it again and the same thing happened. I was about to give up, then I realised the cardstock I was using (American Crafts I think) had quite a thick core. So I cut it from a sheet of Cricut cardstock instead and it cut the thin letters beautifully!

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck the grid onto white cardstock using repositionable adhesive. Then I cut the white cardstock down and matted it onto some kraft grid paper for a bit of a border. I’d like to point out here that the grid cut file is not wonky, it’s my cutting that was a bit lopsided:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I painted blue watercolour paint into a couple of boxes, then decided to try out my Derwent Coloursoft pencils in one box – I’d not used them on textured cardstock before. I used Ochre to fill in a box:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I went over it again with the white to try and blend the lines a bit more – it didn’t blend completely but it did look better:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I wanted to fill the heart with glitter, so painted Mod Podge inside it with an old brush, then sprinkled on some chunky glitter. However the chunky glitter didn’t stick all that well:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I Mod Podged over the top of the chunky glitter and tried again with fine gold glitter, which worked much better:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then it was just a case of filling some holes with patterned paper – I cut most of them to fit perfectly inside the boxes, rather than having to lift the grid up, but I did have to lift the edges of letters a couple of times to tuck the paper underneath. I added my title, journaling, and a few embellishments (including the tea pot from my Spray Painted Embellishments):

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like how it all seems to frame the photo:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

And typing this up is making me want a cup of tea right now!

Be Inspired:

Use a grid on your next project

Try out some media pools – areas of different paint or texture

Cut some patterned paper scraps into squares and use them on your background

What kinds of media do you like to use best on your projects?

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

P.S. I am linking this up to The Cut Shoppe monthly challenge in their blog sidebar HERE!

19 Comments
  • Emily
    Reply

    I love grid layouts! I love all of the different squares! Super cute!

    May 17, 2015 at 9:32 pm
  • really liking the grid idea for numerous techniques not quite as scary as a whole 12 x 12 with one technique!

    May 17, 2015 at 9:47 pm
  • Janet
    Reply

    Love your page and those die cut phrases!! I like using glitter,ink and mists. I am starting to get into modeling paste.

    May 17, 2015 at 10:18 pm
  • Linda Reilly
    Reply

    I love inks, paints, water colour techniques xxx

    May 17, 2015 at 10:38 pm
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    Nice idea…different things in each square!! But it still looks good!!!!

    May 17, 2015 at 11:40 pm
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze. It’s FABULOUS!!!! You need some if you haven’t got any….splotches & for lovely glimmery sheer paint effects……LOOVE your ‘hints’ here….TFS…& I do adore tea/coffee LOs . FAVE!!!

    May 18, 2015 at 12:15 am
  • lol, when you said media, I thought your meant digital – and I’m so not up with it!! (note to self to get more tech-savvy!) Then I realised it was mediums (my confusion) – and it has to be paint, love my watercolour pencils, and anything glittery….. have used those a lot, and stencils 🙂 Love your grid!!! It works so well with your photo…. this is fabulous work Jennifer – love it!!!

    May 18, 2015 at 12:54 am
  • Love your water colour technique! The grid is amazing. I love this effect!

    May 18, 2015 at 2:34 am
  • Sharon
    Reply

    I LOVE this idea, I’m going to try it!

    May 18, 2015 at 9:22 am
  • Sharon
    Reply

    Just LOVE this idea and I’m going to try it too!

    May 18, 2015 at 9:23 am
  • jengd
    Reply

    Fun layout- the grid with writing built in is neat. At least it looks like your first two grids didn’t tear even if the writing did. If you didn’t already toss them, you could trim them just to save the grids themselves.

    May 18, 2015 at 2:27 pm
  • Now this is a good idea.
    i’ve had the same problem cutting words on the cricut (an older version) and its so frustrating.

    The grid worked out great

    May 19, 2015 at 12:15 am
  • Love this idea. Can’t wait to give this one a go.

    May 19, 2015 at 5:23 am
  • Love the grid formation….a great way to try out different techniques.

    May 19, 2015 at 12:44 pm
  • LeAnne S
    Reply

    Great way to use a grid.

    May 19, 2015 at 10:20 pm
  • Frances
    Reply

    Love how you show your process including the bumps. Nice LO!

    May 20, 2015 at 12:18 am
  • Grids are perfect for trying different things in each space! Love this idea!

    May 21, 2015 at 3:53 am
  • karenladd
    Reply

    Oh, this layout design is wonderful!! I love the grids with the different techniques in each square. Thanks for showing us the problem with the thick card stock…and letting us know how you handled that! Good to know! As for me, my favorite media is watercoloring and I usually stick to paper!

    May 22, 2015 at 7:46 pm
  • I love the collage look of your media pools. So many interesting looks and textures!!
    My favorite medium is using embossing powder for a molten look…..oh, yes!! 🙂 I need to do more of my molten backgrounds. Most of the ones I have on hand are autumn or winter ones.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    May 23, 2015 at 10:18 pm

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