I made this layout with a picture of my daughter using Papers from Keisercraft. The background is "Anne" from the Pennyroyale Collection. And the other patterned papers are "Wendy", "Jane" and "Everlyn". They are all on sale now - so get the chance to strike a bargain. I have paints, ink and gesso on this page as well. You could aschive the same effect using Acrylic Paint dabbers from Ranger, Dylusions sprays, and Muliti Medium.
I have also used the Soft Summer Nesting Componens Kit from Paper Wings and one of their gorgeous background stamps - The fringe lace clear stamp.
I hope I can give you inspration to buy some paints and mediums and try them out! Don´t be afraid of the mess!