I have added micro beads in clear, blue and gold and diamond dust with clear glue to the clay sections An have started to glue down shells ( E6000 glue works) and embellishments to the clay sections; making sure that I use enough glue to hold them in place and that they are not too heavy for the clay substrate. If you look at the tutorial part 2, the shells and the ideas for composition have changed some. I decided to paint some of the shells that form the outline from the sea to the sand. I am also playing around with fish and turtle charms to see if I want to use these to connect the two largest sections of the clay substrate. Stay tuned for the final part of this tutorial.
I am very excited because I have been playing around with homemade modeling paste. It is quite fun to use stencils and slather on some white paste on a collage page and lift off the stencil and see the magical white impressions on the page. I got this home made recipe from a video by gauchealchemy on you tube. It works great and it saves soooo much money to make it yourself. So here is the recipe ( you can also look up the video if you want to see it made)
one air tight container
one part white acrylic paint
one part talc powder baby powder ( $1 at the dollar store)
1/2 part white glue or mod podge ( this is what I used) It will end up with the consistency of frosting ( do not eat it lol)
stir a lot ….. put stencil down on heavy weight paper and spread the paste over the stencil and lift straight up. Wait to let it dry or dry with your heat gun. Wash your stencils and utensils right away, this stuff dries hard.
Update: I have been working more with this recipe and for me I have added one and half part talc powder to make it thicker. This is up to you. The original recipe is like light modeling paste and the one with more powder is more like regular modeling paste. Just experiment with it until you like the results. Hope this helps.
Here is a video showing you how to use modelling paste; http://www.pinterest.com/pin/37647346858905999/