Tuesday

The art of clustering....5 ways!





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*]...


Hooligans

1.  Think tactile.

Incorporate different textures to create interest.
Here I used texture paste, punchinella, stickers, twine, chipboard and buttons.



Altered CD tin

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.


Mr Bruise Yam

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.

Spending time with grandma

4. Play with sizes.

Varying the sizes of elements help to guide the eye around the surrounding areas.


The bride


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?


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37 comments:

Laurel said...

Wow, gorgeous projects Yvonne!

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

I love the broken toy fishnet. Brilliant! TFS these wonderful tips.
regards from India

Lynnda said...

Wonderful Projects !!! I think its a great tips on clustering....Thanks for sharing!!!.... Brava Yvonne... you thee best!!! Hugs...xoxo

Emily Keaton said...

Wow, I think this is awesome! Thanks for the tips and the gorgeous layout eye-candy. Your layouts always have the most interesting details!!!

Debbie said...

What do I think . . . You are a creative genius!!!

Evelin said...

Thanks for the tips! and I love your projects! :)

~amy~ said...

awesome tips..I love the clustery look!

Karen B. said...

Hooligans...I love that word and I love your page!

Miae said...

Hi Yvonne! Back from Boston, trying to do some catch up:) Thanks for your design tips! Your projects are wonderful!!

Naddy said...

Beautiful projects... Great tips! TFS :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ok... next time there is a trip to Arizona for your friend... yeah.. ummmmmm you need to come with and just teach me your mad misting skillz!!! Seriously woman!! You are AMAZING!!!! And I know you can handle the heat here!!! *wink*

Dr Sonia S V said...

Yvonne you are the best at this!!

Tracey Sabella said...

Such gorgeous projects and fab tips!! ~ Blessings

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Awesome work and wonderful tips!!!!

Ali said...

Some great ideas!! I love the broken fishing net :0)

AshKuku said...

Thank You so much for your kind comment Yvonne.... And yes, it feels good to be appreciated by a clever crafter herself.... You have used some of the best found embellies on your projects..... AMAZING!

Ash... :)

Virginia L. said...

Excellent points and
tips!!Love them ALL.!

Dora said...

Thanks for the tips, those are stunning!

Alice Wertz said...

always love how you used your embellishments and found items. thanks so much for sharing the tips! =)

Shahrul Niza said...

That's right, embellies!!. You're a genius. Hugs.

Hussena said...

Your LO's are always so amazing Yvonne.. you use the embellies in such clever way...case in point being the toy fishnet...that's simply brilliant!!! brings to focus the pic so well !!!Thank you so much for sharing these tips with us...i get to learn something new everytime i visit your blog :)

sandi said...

Wow! These are just GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love them all! Wow!

Angi said...

Love all of these. And the tips are fabulous. I do need to start creating a focal point on my pages. :)

nomorelittlemonkeys said...

These are all great tips! I love the texture you did on your first example. What did you use with the texture paste to create the spider web? Very cool!

Lea said...

What great tips! Thanks for sharing. Love that you used an old broken net... brilliant!

Cindy deRosier said...

Embellishing is actually my least favorite part of scrapping/crafting! It's hard for me and my minimalist sensibilities. But I love how you make it work so beautifully. You are the master!

Audrey Pettit said...

Well I think you are an absolute master at the art of embellishing! And you are amazing at creating the sense of layers with all your detailing. I always LOVE your work because it's filled with the unique and unexpected which makes each piece a true masterpiece!

Isha said...

Great tips Yvonne. TFS

Lalo said...

You sure know how to make clustering look good! It seems like it just look like clutter on my pages :(

Helen Tilbury said...

I agree completely! Great examples!!

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

simply divine! :)

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

my oh my...all that eye candy!! very pretty projects dear! :) thanks for taking the time to share clustering ways...i've surely learnt a thing or two! :)

Rose said...

you have the best tips :)
wonderful layouts girl :)

misty said...

Seriously gorgeous projects!

Roxy said...

I love these tips!!! I have such a hard time with clustering, trying to make it look natural and not so contrived. Hope you don't mind if I pin this post to revisit later! Hugs, Roxy.

yyam said...

I used a Tim Holtz mask with my texture paste.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

You creations always amaze me!!!! LOVE the inspiration I find when visiting your blog:) HUGS!

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