Big Picture Classes: Liquid Medium Techniques with May Flaum!

May Flaum

Thanks for stopping by the editor’s blog. We’re excited May Flaum is droping by to share some fun scrapbooking techniques with us today.

Before she get’s started though, we’ve asked her to share a little bit about herself.

My name is May Flaum and I have a class that just began at Big Picture Classes called Field Guide where I am exploring all kinds of techniques and ideas for scrapbookers. Here’s a bit more about me:

Where do you find your inspiration? My life is my inspiration. From great craft bloggers to Target runs, stories I want told to a piece of paper or idea that just pops into my mind, I find inspiration in all things. The key for me is that I get inspired to take on ideas in my own way that is true to my personal style of crafting.

What product do you almost always include in what you create? Cardstock. I love solid sheets of colored paper.

What snacks/drinks must you have to create successfully? Water. I used to be a big snacks girl, but since I’m doing my best to be healthy these days I mostly stick to lots of water.

What kind of camera do you use? D7000

Now that we all know a little more about me, are you ready for some technique fun?

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Tags: American Crafts and Elle’s Studio; Ink: Tim Holtz and Ranger Industries; Paint: Tim Holtz; Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop; Spray ink: Ranger Industries; Stamps: Hero Arts and Kelly Purkey; Other: Decorative tape, doily, and felt.
Using liquid mediums and techniques on layouts doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming! Today I have a layout to share with you that I stitched, stamped, inked, painted, stenciled, and misted in under thirty minutes!

First I painted a heart, then I simply used stencils, stamps, mists, and inks to design my own background just perfect for the photo of my daughter and husband. I kept things really straight forward, and I went light on the mediums letting my story and photo stay the focus and just lightly accenting my page.

My big tips to you are to go light on liquid mediums because you can always add more, and pick one or two colors that will pop on your page and add contrast as well. Don’t be afraid to experiment, mix and match, and just have fun!

I hope you’ll try these techniques on your next layout!

Leave a comment here by 9:00 am (Mountain Standard Time) Monday, February 11, 2013 letting us know what techniques you love to use on your scrapbook pages, and one lucky person will be selected to win a seat in May’s “The Curious Scrapbooker’s Field Guide” class.

Congratulations to our winner!

Debbie L. says: I love trying different mediums, but I am not very confident. Thank you for the tips!

Watch for an email in your inbox with instructions on how to redeem your prize.

Class Description

It’s a wild world of possibilities out there when it comes to scrapbooking. Patterned paper winds up on a mixed media canvas, while an artist’s gesso finds a home on a traditional scrapbook layout. Stamps aren’t only for cards anymore—they get used on any and everything. With all of this going on, wouldn’t it be nice to have a guide to walk you through the many possibilities out there?

During each of the 12-weeks of class, there will be a focus on specific techniques and products. Adding texture, stitching, mists, stamping and everything else she could think of—May has created a class full of information and inspiration. Students will find scrapbook layout project examples each week as well as projects such as cards, tags, altered projects and mixed media canvases. This class features a new colorful PDF handout and videos each week, and an A-Z basics library of 26 videos.

Thanks for stopping by!


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43 Responses to Big Picture Classes: Liquid Medium Techniques with May Flaum!

  1. Cheryl Leong says:

    stamping and adding gesso!

    cheryl131091 at yahoo dot com

  2. I love laying on my pages! It would be awesome to win a spot in May’s class!

  3. Debbie L. says:

    I love trying different mediums, but I am not very confident. Thank you for the tips!

  4. Heather Sweet says:

    I love to stamp, mist, and splatter on my scrapbook layouts! I would love to win a spot in this class to learn new and different techniques. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. tape says:

    Misting! It’s so quick and easy and gives a wonderful effect. I’ve learned to embrace the unpredictability!

  6. Miriam Prantner says:

    I love stitching, misting, and I am determined to break out some gesso this year. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  7. Karen says:

    I mist on almost every LO! I also occasionally like to use gesso or modeling paste with masks and stencils.

  8. Jennifer C. says:

    I am a little nervous when it comes to adding “extra” to my page. It usually ends of a plain page as a result. I have attempted to mist, distress, and stitch, though. Most of the time I like the result. I just can’t get over not being sure of the results.

  9. chark says:

    I’ve only used paint once…but I enjoyed it and like the look. The layout above is fab! love the stencil with the heart!

  10. Frances says:

    Lately I have been using stencils and sewing a bit but would like to incorporate chalks and more stamping. Thanks for the chance at a spot in May’s class.

  11. Jill Tatro says:

    I’m a paper addict. So I love lots of layers. Lately I’ve been playing with paint and ink a bit more. This class would really help!

  12. Jacqueline says:

    I love distressing paper and layering. I do have paints and mists that I should break out more often… your tips sure do help :-)

  13. Carla Hundley says:

    I like to emboss, both dry and with powders, use
    washi tapes and staples and twine on my projects.

    Carla from Utah

  14. Katie B. says:

    Stamping and misting with masks. I would love to win a spot in her class! I love May’s work and the class sounds so interesting!! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  15. Lisa P says:

    I love splattering with mists and paints. Great tips from May.

  16. Carmen Lucero says:

    I’m just getting into mixed media and I love using acrylic paint with my stamps! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in your class!


    Carmen Lucero

    cal8007 at aol dot com

  17. Marti_L says:

    I like to use paint, sprays, stencils, and embellies. Winning May’s class would be a thrill!

  18. Julia Colli says:

    I use misting a fair bit on my layouts, but I still don’t think I’ve completely mastered it. I really wish I could get my splatters to look as good as some of the layouts I see online :)

  19. Sharmon Savoie says:

    I’ve been thinking about taking this class. It would be really cool to win a spot! Thanks for the chance!

  20. joannr darrell says:

    I have lots of stamps so I try to use them whenever possible.

  21. Tammy hicks says:

    I am a big fan of distressing and doodling… Loved this layout by May Flaum!

  22. Vanessa Babin says:

    I love stamping, inks and mixed media. I have misted some too. Wanting to know more about gesso. Would love a spot in the class. Thanks for a chance to win it.

  23. allimci says:

    I really really love to hand stitch on my pages. My catharsis! I also love to use stencil paste and color it up and add in 3D items…beads, shells, gems, etc.

  24. Juli says:

    I am really loving washi tape in all my layouts and projects…even a canvas I’m working on. Does that count as a technique? Lol. Xoxo

  25. Kim Warne says:

    I love adding lots of layers with a variety of embellishments and papers! Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. angelique says:

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    that’s unbelieveble pretty hunni
    hugs angelique

  27. Carrie Farr says:

    I’m mostly digital now, but I do miss hands on with real supplies. I would love to learn something new!

  28. Sheri K says:

    I love to use different mediums on my cards, but the few scrapbook pages I do I tend to stick to using PP’s, diecuts and ribbons. I really need this class to expand my horizons and start scrapping more–I have a pile of stuff to do!

  29. Christine Meyer says:

    This is definitely an area I need to learn more in…i feel like I goof it up evy time I attempt! Sounds like a great class!

  30. Jeannie L says:

    I enjoy misting and using stencils, stamping and die-cutting. I’d love to learn more about using mixed media. Thanks for the chance.

  31. Carol Lou says:

    I love grunge, or rather, distressed. I like paint splats and blow pens. Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Lucy says:

    Splats and blobs of ink and paints, stenciling, spray mists, tape, found objects, freehand doodles, torn sheets of paper…the messier the better, as long as there is a cohesive color palette. May’s creations are always outstanding. What a great class this would be. Thanks for letting us play along for a chance to participate.

  33. Jeannine Brenner says:

    Great layout! My favorite thing to do is use mists on a layout…especially since I started taking may’s class! I can’t get enough misting, stamping and stenciling!

  34. Jenny McGee says:

    I love May and her BPC classes. I would love to win a seat in this one. Thanks for the chance.

  35. I love to get messy with inks, paints, stains etc. I like how May encourages to scrap happy and go with it.

  36. Rita TImmons says:

    I have been using more inks, paints, stencils, modeling paste, sewing on my layouts. Love the results!

  37. Patti C says:

    I love using border die cuts and fun fonts….would love this class.

  38. Dawn Winslow says:

    I love mists and embossing. So much fun!!

  39. Cecilia Reyes says:

    Love using stencils, border die cuts and washi tape. Love everything that May does. Would love to take this class! Thanks.

  40. Dee in NH says:

    Gorgeous page!!! I love all kinds of inky goodness and love to stamp with watered down gesso! A spot in this class would be awesome!

  41. Lynda says:

    I seem to always use the most basic of techniques – matting – to help my photos stand out from the background. I’ve bought mists & 1 stencil, but have yet to use them so I would be a great candidate for this class!

  42. Sharon C says:

    Stamping and misting – and whatever else May says!! LOL!! Love your style, May!!! Really, really would love that class! You are a great teacher!!

  43. Lianne says:

    I quite like using glimmermists and sprays on my base layer of some of my layouts.

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