Gesso’d Cards Push-Pull with Stencils

April 26, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

I was fortunate this past week to visit with my Mom, and join a fun group of ladies in Sun City Center at their Thursday morning stamping group. During their class, I showed them a fun technique to add texture to backgrounds for their cards. We started out with card stock that had been painted with Gesso. This lets watercolor inks, markers, dye based ink pads etc, wash really nicely, and even be removed, rather than getting sucked into the paper. We used clear Gesso from Liquitex, but clear Gesso from Windsor Newton works fine as well. White Gesso from any company also works great, as does Matte Medium. I find the clear Gesso has a little bit more grit to it, and is easier to use when first starting out. Any of these products will seal the card stock to allow the inks to wash and be removed. However, the white Gesso and Matte Medium have a bit more of a plastic-y finish to them, and you might have a tendency to wipe off too much ink, too quickly.

We wiped out pre-gessoed cardstock with dye based (non waterproof) ink and softened the effect with a baby wipe. Then we used mesh and stencils and cut outs to pull ink from the background and push ink back in. We used some of our backgrounds to stamp images on and then cut them out to layer onto other backgrounds. They came out beautiful- full of texture and interest!

It was a fun class, and I was so happy to be able to join them and play!!

Here is the follow up video I promised:

and here are some samples…

Gesso Push-Pull Background 2

Gesso Push-Pull Background 2

Gesso Push-Pull Background 1

Gesso Push-Pull Background 1

Gesso Push-Pull Background Sample

Gesso Push-Pull Background Sample

Gesso Stamped Images 1

Gesso Stamped Images 1

Gesso Stamped Images 2

Gesso Stamped Images 2

Mom Gesso Background

Mom Gesso Background

More Rubber Stamped Tissue Paper and Gesso

March 7, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

Hi All! I realized that I missed the last section of the video on painting on top of the gesso’d and stamped tissue paper, so this week I am following it up with the last piece of the video. If you wish to watch the first portion, you can find it here.

Enjoy!

Rubber Stamping with Tissue Paper and Gesso

March 1, 2013 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

Hi Everyone! I has promised a few folks that I would film the technique of using Tissue Paper and adhering it to a background. I apologize for the dis-embodied voice, but I was under the gun to try to get some examples going, in between working, getting my work out and physical therapy done, picking the kids up etc, and so my hair was AWFUL and I had no makeup on ;-).

Lots of folks use this technique in collage and art journals. I also use it for cards because I can use cool old paper as a background, and it is super simple. I, of course, stamp on my tissue paper. I also tend to use clear Gesso, rather than gel medium to adhere. I find I like the consistency better and can do watercolor washes much more easily that way. The video warns you to be careful when adhering the tissue paper, because it can tear very easily. I forgot to mention though, that the tissue also ALWAYS wrinkles. Don’t even try to smooth it perfectly. Embrace that texture- it adds visual interest to your project :)

Here’s the video:

And here is a finished example:

 

Rosette Rubber Stamp Sample 1
Rosette Rubber Stamp Sample 1

 

Enjoy!

Coloring Gesso on Kraft Glassine

December 6, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

Gesso sprayed with Dylusions on Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine

Ok, I know I  am a bit late posting the results of coloring the Gesso on the Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine! I finally got around to editing it, only to see the video is a bit wonky! I am not sure how I filmed it, but I think you can follow along anyway :D.

So without further ado- here is the video:

The original post can be found here-http://ursula-smith.com/gesso-glassine-and-art-journal/.

And here is an picture of the results:

Gesso sprayed with Dylusions on Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine

Gesso, Glassine and Art Journal

November 1, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

Well, it has been a while since I have done a video, so this week I decided to show something I have started to do in my Art Journals. I use Clear Gesso, Stencils, and Kraft Glassine by Tim Holtz to make frames.

Enjoy!

Scroll Owl on Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine Paper

October 20, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts

I love the Kraft Glassine paper by Tim Holtz, but sometimes it is hard to stamp on it, and render some brighter colors on it. I came up with an idea that worked well for me. I used Clear Gesso as a fist layer on the Kraft Glassine. I painted Clear Gesso onto the Kraft Glassine, and let it dry. The I stamped Easy Scraps Scroll Owl rubber stamp using Versafine Black ink. I masked the image and used a variety of sprays- Dylusions Ink Sprays by Ranger, and Shimmering Mists by Tattered Angels. The inks showed up a lot brighter on top of the Gesso!

And here is the result….

 

Scroll Owl Rubber Stamp

 

I willl have some other ideas using gesso in the next few week, Enjoy!