Sunday, July 7, 2013

Playing with Gesso

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The current PTI MIM challenge is to make custom paint with Gesso & reinkers.  I knew immediately I wanted to use my paint with a stencil as I've been inspired by Alexandra's use of them.  You can find one example in this post & here are just a couple pictures of her project--click to enlarge the pictures. 
I've actually bought several stencils lately & found the one I used today in the bottom of a drawer.  I mixed some Gesso with a Marvy Pale Violet reinker & got this lovely soft shade.  I used a piece of watercolor paper & brushed it over the stencil that has very small squares.  In places where it was heavily applied it made little mounds which I then spread with a brush.  I actually liked the effect this created for a background.  I stamped PTI Background Basics: Text Style in black that had been stamped off & then softened it more by adding Gesso randomly with my finger.  Next I stamped an image from PTI Turning a New Leaf in Fresh Snow.  It's very subtle, but effective in person.  PTI Lovely Layers dies were cut in felt, attached together & to a small Martha Stewart doily.  The sentiment from PTI Lovely Leaves & the focal image were attached to the background piece which is attached to a vellum panel & then to the card front.  I added a single pearl as the only embellishment.  I'm also entering the current challenge at A Passion For Papertrey since Alexandra's use of stencils inspired me.  I'm really glad you stopped by & hope you have a great week.

13 comments:

Martha said...

OH, I love your "artsy" creation, Greta! What a wonderful take on the Make It Monday challenge...FABULOUS background! Well done!

Dawn Turley said...

My goodness Greta. This is awesome. I got a chicken wire stencil on my Friday spending spree, so will have to try this technique. Your background is so pretty

Nat said...

wow! so beautiful Greta love your creation. have a great week!! ;)

Trinh said...

Beautiful! Love the soft layers and colors of your background. I just ordered some gesso and modeling paste and can't wait to play around with some HA stencils.

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, what a lovely card! I love your mix of colours and textures!

Sue Butler said...

Hello Greta
The Bg is to die for, I will have to pop over and pay Alexandra a visit,even though I have made Bg like this, there is always room for improvement. Brilliant card G.
Smiles:)
Sue

Stacy said...

Your stenciling is gorgeous and I like the felt flower. This is a beautiful
card!



Rosemary said...

lovely card, greta... the stenciled background is just beautiful!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Greta, you have just made my week!!!
Thank You so much and boy oh boy do i love your card!
Good Luck my Friend!
Hugs~

Lisa said...

Well look at you branching out and getting all fancy artsy!!beautiful work Greta!!

cm said...

Greta - you've again added brightness to my day with this lovely card! Stencils - haven't used them (yet) and with what you've done here...off to add to my ever-expanding wish "book". Beautiful card; definitely a winner!!
c

maria f. said...

Just lovely, Greta. Looks like you've been having lots of fun getting messy lately!

Kailash said...

Such a fun artsy background you created Greta, very nicely done with the added flower!!