One of the best things about crafting is the embellishing part.... Agree? :) I love creating clusters of cool embellishments along with some found stuff of course. But I'm not big on unnecessary layering...I use scraps as mats, fit small odd-sized pieces under something and try to create the illusion of layers....[better for mother nature and my pocket! *winks*]. Here are my 5 tips on the art of clustering...[okay in my case...it's to tuck my upcycled item inconspicuously somewhere..*LOL*]...
1. Think tactile.
Incorporate different textures to create interest.
Here I used texture paste, punchinella, stickers, twine, chipboard and buttons.
2. Group similar themed elements together.
Similar themed elements like flowers and butterflies convey a sense of harmony when they are placed in close proximity to each other.
3. Add an unexpected element to create a focal point.
The broken toy fishing net served as a focal point for me to build the rest of the cluster around with chipboard, photo turns, brads, stickers and old envelope.
4. Play with sizes.
Varying the sizes of elements help to guide the eye around the surrounding areas.
5. Mix textures within a single colour family.
Here I went with a natural colour palette....and mixed burlap, corrugated board, beads, charm and canvas in s similar hue.
There you have it. 5 tips on the art of clustering. What do you think?