Friday, July 06, 2012

Getting messy!

I've been playing with paint and gesso for the last week or so, trying out some techniques that I've seen on various talented people's blogs recently.

I invested in a pack of small canvases from The Works - only 6 x4 sort of size, but big enough for a little play.  One of my friends from church is leaving to move to the Midlands so instead of a card I thought I would see if I could make a little farewell canvas for her.

I learnt a lot!!

I started with a yellow inkpad in the middle of the canvas, then blended paints into the edges in shades of blue and green.  Then I dried it with my heat tool, and stamped with my Kaisercraft script stamp, music stamp and worn grid stamp in various colours randomly across the canvas.  I dried it again.  I added more stamping using a Technique Tuesday petal stamp with the word 'love' scripted across it, then stamped my text.  Huge search for my little wooden alpha - I'm sure I've got more than one but I felt lucky to have found anything at all!

The next move was a bad one.  I sprayed a little mist onto the corners, but that messed up the text, making it run.  Fortunately, as the canvas was gessoed (is that a word?), the ink sponged off and I could do it again, but I won't be trying it again!  Mist before text, and dried I'm guessing.  So the bottom left hand corner is a bit of a repair job but you live and learn.

Materials used: Acrylic Gesso, Adirondack Dabbers - Aqua, Citrus and Pool.  Inkpad - Stampin' Up! Yellow, Vivid! - Cobbles, Versacolor - Marine Blue and Gold. Also pale green and blue chalk inks. Stamps by Woodware, Technique Tuesday, Kaisercraft. Dimensional paint - cream..

I then added some stamping in gold and edged the whole thing to try and 'frame' it a bit better.  Still not happy I added some deep turquoise to the edges and on a tiny stamp.  I still couldn't leave it alone, so I filled in the flower centres with some dimensional paint.  I would have liked more time but I think I could ruin it so I've stuck with this, and I hope she likes it.

But there is definitely more to come, it was such fun.  I've had to scrub my fingers very hard!


Claireliz said...

Fab work in progress, can't wait to see the finished piece.
C xx

Sandra said...

This is gorgeous Ali - I love the colours you've used. Your friend is sure to be thrilled with it. I would love to have a go at getting messy with gesso and ending up with something so divine!