Friday, July 09, 2010

Gesso Transfer and Gesso Texture

These are part of the Claudine Hellmuth class I am taking.  I am altering a Maya Road 4x4  chipboard binder (which I had in my stash) with techniques that we are learning. This little book has chipboard cover and chipboard pages.
Each week a different technique and another project you can do with the same technique. My goal is to do cards, atcs, canvas or something else at the same time.
As usual, I am a week behind but will catch up today.  Last week we did some background painting on the pages to prep them for the weeks ahead.  I decided I was going to use as many products that I already had as possible. I love buying new supplies but when I look at what I have, it is ridiculous to purchase more. I am fortunate to spend what I do on arts and crafts as a hobbyist. I did learn a valuable lesson, however. I had a very small stash of acrylic paints, you know the little bottles I buy at Michael's especially when they are two for a dollar. I have maybe 15 colors. With some blending I came up with the colors suggested for this workshop. I didn't buy Claudine's.
I was disappointed to find that some of the brands have so little pigment that they didn't cover the chipboard well. These are the "Craft" brand for future reference. I mixed in gesso and did more than one coat, even prepped one page with gesso before doing it. Most pages we did the edge where the holes are and left the rest blank, but a few were completely painted so coverage seem more important.
I will try Claudine's sometime when I'm ordering from a place that sells them.  I don't know if they are available locally. Better to have a limited color palate than wimpy paints, note to self.
With prep complete, I began week one. Covered a completely painted board page with gesso applied with an old credit card. While wet, I drew in it with a pencil, just randomly.  Set aside to dry. Went back over the dried gesso with acrylic light yellow paint and while it was wet dabbed it with a paper towel.  It is a nice way to add texture.
My favorite was the gesso transfer. On another completely painted page, I smeared about the thickness of the previous technique, gesso. While wet, I placed a black and white image I printed on my laser printer (didn't want to make a trip to Fedex for prints), hoping that would work. I rubbed it down smoothly with my fingers and left to dry for several hours.  I spritz with water to remove the paper. Voila! Love image transfers and this is so easy. When the paper was removed, I rubbed it with gloss medium to absorb any last bits of paper and that added a bit of texture to it as well.
I'm going to use this technique again soon!


claudine hellmuth said...

these look super! so glad you are having fun in the class!

Elizabeth Akins, RDH, BS said...

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