One Layer At A Time

Layering has always been a challenge for me. No matter how many Youtube videos I watch and online classes I take (even though I enjoy them all every time), it find it hard to find the right balance and I never know what to do next.

For things that challenge you, there’s no big secret – the key work is PRACTICE and keep at it.

The latest mixed media video I purchased was Seth Apter’s Painting Layers from the Northlight website (here), and I loved it. As many things that we find challenging, we tend to push them aside. Watching Seth’s inspiring video got me really excited abut creating layers, so I went ahead and did it! As Seth rightly says, “You’re one layer away from magic”!

The result is this video tutorial I would like to share with you.

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Watch it on Youtube or Vimeo (free download)


  • Amsterdam acrylic paints and cheap craft paints
  • sequin waste
  • book pages
  • mod podge matte
  • Neocolor I oil pastels
  • round gelli plate
  • a piece of textured wall paper
  • clear and white gesso
  • rags/paper towel and make up sponge
  • a spray of clear water (this was to help me substract paint with my rag as I ran out of baby wipes)
  • Dina Wakley stencil
  • stiff brushes (I love the Dina Wakley set, and the Da Vinci Junior set – they are the ones I use in this tutorial)
  • heat tool (or hair dryer)
  • brayer
  • graphite pencil
  • Daler Rowney acrylic inks (in spritzers) – you can also use acrylic paint diluted in water (they would give a less opaque finish, which I would have prefered to be honest – I’ll know for next time! Trial and error!)
  • white gel pen
  • Faber Castell Big Brush Pitt pen in black