How to Get Inspired by Mother Nature

by Toni Burks-Grijalva

Everywhere you look are possibilities of inspiration, can be from texture on a rusted gate, architecture on a building or simply a sandy beach filled with remnants from the sea. Hope you enjoy !


  • Card Stock
  • *Mud Texture Paste
  • *Stencil-Bubbles
  • *Velvet-Tuxedo, Terracotta
  • *Sorbet-Chocolate
  • *Stone Effect-Concrete
  • Assorted florals, feathers, sead pods etc.
  • 3D Gel Medium
  • Art Basics Art Stones
  • Instant Coffee
  • Title
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather your photo and I wanted to mat the layout with a greytone cardstock, then had corrugated cardboard by DCWV, ripped and chose colors that complimented my photo.

    Step 2

    I gobbed on mud texture paste around the edges of the cardboard and while wet sprinkled Distress Glitter in Rock Candy to look like the oceans foam.

    Step 3

    Using Bubbles stencil and Mud Texture Paste randomly run here and there over your page. Add acrylic pebbles in assorted sizes to resemble bubbles.

    Step 4

    Lay your photo down and some of your florals to get an idea of where everything is going to sit. The next step I failed to photograph, I took archival black in and a script stamp and stamped randomly.

    Step 5

    Time to start laying down your embellies. First I added the floral moss, using 3D Gel Medium.

    Step 6

    You can never have too much texture so let's add some Art Stones in assorted sized. Tuck inside the moss and also next to photo and florals.

    Step 7

    These are the paints I used to splatter on my white background. Using a toothbrushes, water down your paints and then flick the paint on your page.

    Step 8


    Step 9

    Time to lay out the photo which I added a piece of cardboard to the back to provide a bit of dimension. Added my corrugated cardboard underneath the photo for interest.

    Step 10

    Let's add some florals, shells, feathers and pieces of wood. Adhered all using 3D Gel Medium

    Step 11

    I wanted some more warm color and for a nice transparency instant coffee does the trick. Sprinkle where wanted and spritz with water.

    Step 12

    And there you have it, nature in all it's glory, what fun this was to relive my photo and provide a pretty layout to keep this memory alive.

    Step 13

    All supplies used with * in front of them are from Art Anthology store which you can find here:

    Step 14

    Wishing you a wonderful rest of this month filled with creative possibilities.

    Step 15

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