I was blog hopping this weekend and came across Michelle Wards Green Pepper Press Street Team Blog linked from another blog that I read regularly Pam Carriker's Blog. I love Pam's art!!! I've been planning on doing one of Michelle's challenges forever but just never got around to it.
When I saw her current challenge, Properties of Gesso I knew I had to do it. I am a technique junkie. I love finding background techniques and trying them out. I use gesso in my art all the time and I know I've stamped with it but I'm not sure if I've used it as a resist.
I happened to buy some index cards at the dollar store on Saturday and thought I would try the technique out on the cards. I'll either use them in my journal or just keep them as technique cards.
I did the resist on one side and on the other I just stamped the white gesso. I really didn't leave the gesso to dry as long as Michelle suggested to get a complete resist but I love the way my cards turned out. I love the way the gesso absorbed the acrylic paints that I brushed over it. I probably could of rubbed harder and gotten more of the white gesso to show through but I really liked the way it looks as it is.
See the card on the lower left hand side. I am loving the way the teal and purple paint look together. I've started a journal page and incorporated these colors. I keep falling back on the same colors when I create and really need to add some colors that I don't normally use. Purple is one and teal another. I have used them sporadically over the past year but I want to start using some new brighter colors in my art.