Monday, February 4, 2013

I Can't Resist...

I can't resist a cheese-y blog post title, that is!

I can, in fact, resist when it comes to creating beautiful background papers for art journal pages, ATCs, bookmarks, cards, and other projects.  There has been a great gesso resist technique making its way across the blogosphere, and I thought I would show you my results.  (Do a quick search of "gesso stencil resist," and check out all the web sites you get!)
I watched this Claudine Hellmuth video tutorial after seeing her contribution to Nathalie Kalbach's 2013 Creative JumpStart Summit:

Video Source:  Claudine Hellmuth's blog post on January 14, 2013
For my projects, I used regular thick gesso and a sponge brush, which varies just a little from Claudine's supplies. 
First, I laid a stencil on a piece of watercolor paper, and then I brushed the gesso across the top of the stencil, making sure to fill all the open spaces.  I peeled the stencil away from the paper, and let the gesso dry completely.  Then I just brushed acrylic paint across the top, allowing the gesso to act as a resist so that the stencil design came forward brighter (or darker, as the case may be) than the background.  I used a cloth to wipe away excess paint, which meant that my projects dried very quickly.  (By the way, I use cloth diapers--which I used as burp cloths for my daughters--for all of my painting techniques.)
By far, my favorite stencil to use is "Cosmic Swirl" by The Crafters' Workshop:
I managed to work in some of my scraps to some stitched Valentine hearts.
I also used the "Gears" stencil by The Crafter's Workshop, and one of those 99-cent alphabet stencils from the craft store. (These papers are ATC size.) I was never able to get the level of crisp detail with the Gears stencil as I did with the Cosmic Swirl.
I played around with some inexpensive leaf and flower stencils, as well, and then cut them out for future projects (and more hearts, of course!):
Using a bronze color paint with the Cosmic Swirl stencil gave a pretty effect on a shipping tag:
Don't just put this on your "must try" list; go grab your supplies and give it a try right now!  It is super-quick and easy...very little mess for a background/painting technique. 


Bead and Needle said...

FABULOUS! Great technique - beautiful results...great start to a creative week - Tanya

Sue said...

I have never tried this technique. I think I have seen something like it at the craft shows. Is the Gesso very expensive?

PamelaArtsinSF said...

Very fun -- I AM going to try it! Thanks for sharing.

Terrie Purkey said...

You know us so well - I mentally file away these great ideas then can't remember them 3 days later when I'm standing at my work table wondering what to do next. I've seen the idea here and there but not tried it. But I'm inspired to give it a try. I'm at work now....can I remember it by the time I get home???? :)

Karen Isaacson said...

I'm with Terrie - I saw this video as part of creative jump starts and promptly forgot about it. I love your results.

Beverley Baird said...

Love the backgrounds you created! You made me want to try this new technique! Thanks for the great info.

April Cole said...

Oh my, thanks for sharing this technique Andria! :]
Love what you have been creating... so much fun!
Take care. ~xx

Caatje said...

That looks like a fascinating technique. And I love your stitched hearts.

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh, come on!! I love these effects. I have that stencil you used with the gesso. I've been loving gesso for years, but have not used this particular resist technique. It looks really cool, Andria! Lucky recipients!

You've also made me want to get out my sewing machine again. Those stitched cards make me think of my mom, even though she never made those. Just a sweet and pretty look.

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