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5 Step Artsy Layout Blueprint

By Thursday, August 16, 2018 (MDT) One Comment

Creative Team Member, Viv Halliwell, shares a 5 Step Artsy Layout Blueprint to get your next layout started.

5 Step Artsy Layout Blueprint


This layout was inspired by the Oscraps July challenge #2 by ‘scribler’ using the inspiration by Derek Kaplan’s wonderful storm scenes.

5 Step Artsy Layout Blueprint

5 Step Artsy Layout Blueprint

1. Create a Foundation

Create a custom Artsy Paper with 2 solid papers and additional brush work.

5 Step Artsy Layout Blueprint

2. Blend Your Photo

Create a dramatic rendering of your photo via masking and Blending Modes.

  • Apply a Color Burn Blending Mode at 100% Opacity to the photo to create a dramatic over-saturated look.
  • Mask your photo using an Inverted Layer Mask and Brushes.

5 Step Artsy Layout Blueprint

3. Enhance with Texture 

  • Use Transfers, from ArtPlay Palettes and ArtsyTransfers, and/or BrushSets  to create depth and visual interest in your artistry.
  • The Transfers can be modified using Hue and Saturation to co-ordinate with your color scheme.
  • Apply Blending Modes to perfect the result.

Note. The result will depend on the color of your bottom layer because Blending Modes control how the layers react with one another.

Learn more about Color Techniques and Blending Modes.

5 Step Artsy Layout Blueprint

4. Inject Light

Differentiation in light and dark areas of your artistry creates tension and contrast.

  • Add FotoGlows and apply Blending Modes to inject light into your layout.
  • Try the Lighten or Hard Light Blending Modes.

See the Enhance Color with Fotoglows Tutorial by Pam.

5. Embellishment

Add dimensional elements, a title and your story.

  • Embellish according to your preferences and taste.
  • You might try adding song lyrics and apply a Color Burn Blending Mode.
  • Stamp a single pictorial style brush on a new layer, such as a bird.
  • Apply a sticker effect to your title work.
  • Stitching and a button completed the layout.

5 Step Artsy Layout Blueprint

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Lindy Krickbaum

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  • Terri Fullerton says:

    I love, love, love how you labeled all of your supplies and where they are located. When I was first starting out. This would have helped immensely!! I was always trying to figure out what made up all of the great layouts. What a brilliant idea!

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