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Urban Layer Cake Tutorial {⒡ⓇËḝ}

A little gift to all of you!


This is Urban Layer Cake, my first workshop from 21 Secrets. I'm happy to release this workshop into the world. My 2011 workshop was all about grunge + acrylics. My 2013 workshop is all about watercolor + fresh bright color. I love it all!!! I taught this technique to a group of high school art teachers and we had a blast. It's just a fun technique that is versatile and flexible and can be used to create all sorts of layered page backgrounds. So here's the caveat. I'm sharing this as it is, a tutorial. There's no "workshop" or discussion forum or tech support or help desk, just two techniques videos. 

Video #1 {14 minutes} 

 In this tutorial I create a rough, grungy art journal page using Golden fiber paste + Golden fluid acrylics applied with a gift card. The center is perfect for writing a quote or journaling stream-of-conscious thoughts. 

Video #2 {9 minutes} Click to watch on Vimeo.

In Part 2, I use the same technique without fiber paste, to create a different look.


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Reader Comments (15)

I loved this during the workshop, my pages are still unfinished I loved them so much and didn't want to put anything on them! :)

03.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

Thank you so much for sharing this Tammy! It's great to see how the different mediums are used...this is something I'm excited to try. I'm seriously considering the 21 Secrets Workshop now! :D

03.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Saw you link on Natasha White's page...loved the videos and the technique you used :D Will def be giving this a try thank you :D XXX

03.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Thanks! How generous of you to share this with everyone! I'm going to make a layer cake for sure!

03.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

Great videos! Thank you. I just ordered some fiber paste and was hoping to find some inspiration on how to use it!

03.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Strait

Thank you so much for sharing your videos. I did not participate in 21 secrets the first year and I kicked myself afterwards. I really appreciate getting a glimpse into what I missed. I loved the effect of your pages with and without the fiber paste. I will be off giving this a try hopefully before the day is over!

03.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie H.

Thanks for digging back and posting the material Tammy, it'll keep me happy until 21 Secrets 2013 starts! I registered as soon as registrations opened because 2012 was so terrific!!!!

Both pages are wonderful! I cant wait to give this a try. I am considering 21 Secrets, and this was such a fun project! Thanks for sharing.

03.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTameko

Thanks for sharing The Urban Layer Cake with us and also for the links to the journaling prompts. You always inspire me to try new things, to doodle, to write about different topics, to create new journals and then fill them with color and beauty.

03.20.2013 | Unregistered Commentergailnhb

Thank you for sharing, I watched the videos yesterday and have been thinking about trying this since! I had wondered how the workshops worked...

03.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer K

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