Thursday, February 21, 2013

Just Playing

A couple of  5 x 7 canvases that I'd painted with Golden's Fluid Acrylic Paints (photo on the right) have been on my desk for a while. I'd had an idea in mind but then I saw someone, I think it was Lin at Yours Artfully or Claudine Hellmuth, who stamped on tissue paper, then used gel medium to adhere the stamped piece to a canvas.  Brilliant! So I inked my Donna Downey stamp with Ranger Archival ink, heat set it, then painted (carefully) with Golden's Fluid Acrylic Paint (photo on the left). 

The left photo below shows the tissue paper adhered to the canvas. Notice that you can see the tissue edges.The photo on the right has some "interest" already added, which helps to cover the tissue.
Having two canvases, I wanted to use different mediums on each, after the initial layer of paint. On the first I sprayed a little of Distress Reinker spray in Broken China and Wild Honey (those streaks on the canvas above right). See the little mister bottles? Add one dropper full of Distress Reinker, then fill almost to the top. Mix & spray.  A little scoop of Perfect Pearls is a nice addition also. On the first canvas, I wanted to use PanPastels. Diarylide Yellow toned down the Tissue Tape. Tapping a little Permanent Red through a stencil, dabbing on Turquoise in the bottom right corner (left photo below) completed the first layer of color. Then I thought it would be fun to add a couple of smaller flowers (below left).  I was wrong! Notice the picture on the right below - more gesso on the top left to tone down the tape & on the bottom right to cover the flower. I love gesso!

A little more PanPastel was added to tone down the whiteness of the gesso. I had a new stamp set from Wendy Vecchi's Stampers Anonymous collection that needed to get inky. The "stamping on tissue paper" technique worked well with the saying, and it was perfect for the project.  Apply a little gel medium (Golden's Reg. Gel Matte) to the canvas, lay the quote on, and add a little more pastel to blend into surface. "Make Art" was stamped directly onto the canvas using Ranger's Archival Jet Black ink. Although it was about the process, I enjoy the end result :-)
On the second canvas I wanted to use Faber Castell Gelatos.  First things first, however. And that would be layers and texture. A variety of tissue tape and random stamping accomplished the goal (left below). Then some messy gessy (right below). I love how gelatos move on gesso, much easier to smooth them (with my finger, cause I like messy hands!).
Scribble the gelato directly on to the canvas, smear. A wet finger or a spritz of water can also help the process.  Experiment to see what you like. Green and violet were layered across the top; a little orange and red color the bottom left with a little green traipsing down toward the right corner (left photo below). But it needed more something... I know, gesso! Another layer of random gesso, applied with a palette knife, blends the colors a bit. Scraping it across the flowers brings more life to them also (right photo below).
I don't have a photo but ... I watered down some green gelato that was smeared onto my craft mat. Used quite a bit of water to dissolve the crayon, then dripped it with a paint brush down the top left to bring back the green background (left photo below). And then I found another fun technique.  I love image transfer and I really love this. I really enjoy Michelle Ward's work.  And she had a fabulous blog, Green Pepper Press Street Team - so much inspiration! She is one reason I picked up a paint brush and began to play. Speaking of play, "Playing" was typed in Word, flip, printed on the laser printer and transfered to the canvas using Gel Medium. I love how it turned out!  The additional words were printed, trimmed and adhered with Gel Medium.  I like that almost as much as I like gesso! Smudge on some gelato, rub until it's messy. The piece was still a little bland so I added Gel-dot-os. Okay, so I just made that up :-) I did use gelatos, pressing the crayon straight down to create a dotty pattern (left photo below). And then just a close up of all the "noise".
Wow, if you stayed with me this whole time, I'm impressed!  I encourage you to go play. Grab some gesso, gel medium, paint and other arty goodies. Make something. It may make you smile too!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Gesso This, Gesso That

Early last summer I ran across a fun project on Heidi Swapp's website, a Father's Day wallet. Here's the link for you to check out. Briefly, a 12 x 12 paper is turned in to a mini photo album "wallet" by taping off sections then covering with gesso, then paints & stamping.I only snapped one photo of my process but Heidi has good directions on her site. I made two "wallets". For the top blue one, "wallet #1", I used the wonderful Fluid Arcrylic paint by Golden. Peeking from underneath is "wallet #2" colored with Ranger Butterschotch Color Wash and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. I got all excited about the project & forgot to take additional pictures! Tape is used to create a grid, then gesso is applied. Add paint, ink, stamping and photos for a delightful (in this case, Father's Day) photo wallet.

This Christmas I pulled out the gesso again for our Christmas cards.  The poinsetta on the front is made from grunge paper. Some music text is added then cut the poinsetta from the Tim Holtz die. The cut flower was embossed with the Tim Holtz embossing folder. Random sweeps of gesso across the flower give a nice surface for the Faber Castell Gelatos, which I use to color all 60 flowers. (Today is the first time I've picked up a Gelato since this early December project!)

The cut poinsetta with old book paper and a coat of gesso. Then embossed with the Tim Holtz Poinsetta embossing folder (far right). Three colors of Faber Castell Gelatos. First, using a sponge rub Butter Cream into the debossed areas of the flower. Gold Champagne is applied directly from the crayon then rubbed with my finger to soften. The last coat is Coconut, applied from the center outward to highlight the embossed areas.  The leaves (above) are also grunge paper cut from the same die, gessoed, then sprayed with Ranger's Color Wash in Color Lettuce. The edges of the leaves are hightlighted with a gold leaf pen - yum!
And last, but not least is some muslim, cut in triangles. Two are stitched to each other with batting sandwiched between.  Then, the fun!  Randomly add gesso; I like to use my finger. Important: don't cover the the whole piece. The spray will take differently to the areas with and without gesso. This gives instant interest when sprayed with Butterscotch and Lettuce Color Wash spray.
That's it for today! Go play with some gesso!