GPP – Crusade No. 25 Gesso

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I’m back for this month’s GPP Street Team Crusade! This month is all about Gesso and it’s fabulous properties for creating resistance paint backgrounds. I’ve used Gesso a little before and had discovered some of its properties by accident. This is a great chance to delve a further into the sticky white “paint” with deliberation, rather than through sheer fluke!

Firstly I found a nice clean spread that already had some Gesso on one page, where I’d wiped off the brush from another project (I just HATE wasting that last bit of paint on brushes). I have a paint brush dedicated to Gesso, so I added some more with a criss-cross pattern [right hand side]. On the other page I stamped some swirls (from Buzz and Bloom) with Gesso brushed on. This was left to dry completely.

First Layer with Gesso

First Layer with Gesso

Next some purple and red acrylic paints were applied randomly across the two pages. I was a bit impatient here (and painting on the floor as my art table is such a mess!) so the colours are a bit too blotchy. I then squirted the pages with some water and used paper towel to swish some off. This worked better when I left the water to sit for a while – it created the whitish spaces on the RHS. I also found that the paints blended better over the Gesso background.

After paint and water spray was applied

After paint and water spray was applied

The left-hand side didn’t work as well – that didn’t have any undercoat, so the paint tended to adhere to the page and the stamped swirls, rather that create a true resist. Next time I’ll paint with acrylics first, then add the Gesso images.  The RHS came up really well. Here is a close up:

Close-up pic of resisted area

Close-up pic of resisted area

You can still see the criss-crossed Gesso underneath. I have found that the underlying brush strokes in the Gesso often show through, so you need to keep that in mind.

Yet again Michelle Ward has created another fantastic artistic challenge – looking forward to many more into the New Year.

Hope all of your Christmas crafting projects are progressing well (that’s where I’m off to next!)

Michelle

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11 responses to this post.

  1. Your close-up is beautiful! I can see all of the gesso goodness detail…really great!

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  2. Your pages look great – the close-up really shows all that texture!! I confess to being addicted to using gesso every time I pick up a brush now!

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  3. michelle – great to see the stepped out process and i especially love that last detail photo. thanks for sharing your experience with gesso. i love hearing that you discovered some properties by accident – the best way to learn 🙂

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  4. Looks like you had a great time with the gesso experiment ! Love the color combo !
    Cheers, Crusader !

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  5. I love the way your right hand page turned out! What a fantastic backround…I would never have thought to use a magazine page! I have been saving food boxes (cereal boxes etc)…and just thought this could be a good use for them!

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  6. Posted by belle2create on November 30, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Hi Michelle
    the close up is GREAT… LOVE the brushstrokes AND the colors…
    Thanks for sharing,
    Hedwig

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  7. thanks for sharing your experiences, also the ones that didn’t work ( had the same problems…)
    the last picture shows a very nice background!!

    greetings from Belgium
    Inge

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  8. I love all the textured brushstrokes and the colors you have combined. Beautiful background!

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  9. I’m crazy about the close-up of the resisted area. Awesome!

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  10. Oh yeah! Gorgeous happy colours. Love it.

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  11. […] background for this spread was created back in 2008 as part of the GPP Street Team Crusade (which you can find here). It was done using the Gesso Resistance Technique. Staz On Stone Gray ink was used with […]

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