I am participating in Michelle Ward’s Street Team Crusade this month. She challenged us to use Gesso in ways you haven’t thought of. I just finished a page tonight and wanted to get it posted. My first impression was “How Cool Is That?” (this is Michelle’s phrase).
This is an 8×10 page from my handmade art journal. The page is Fabriano watercolor paper painted in green acrylic to prepare for future journaling. Well for some odd reason this page kept getting in my way. Perhaps the green was just too bold. As you can see from the outline, I had taped down a beautiful yellow/pinkish pear image that I cut out of a magazine. Well, I decided to Gesso over all of it, magazine image included. I noticed after the second layer of Gesso, the image was beginning to pull up from the background. After the second coat had dried, I began to slowly pull off the image of the pear. What was left was the outline (and some of the sticky tape I used to apply it with). I sanded the image a bit to get the stickiness off and violá, here is my new journal page waiting to be worked. What I learned from this is that anything can be a mask on a page. Take a look through your magazines, cut out an image, tape it down (I used Tombow Mono Adhesive), Gesso over the page and image (once or twice), let it dry and slowly peel the image off.
Is That Cool or What!? Won’t you join me in this adventure? Go to Michelle Wards Street Team page and join in.
Well, back to my art room to play with Gesso! Thanks Michelle for the great challenge.
Keep it simple.