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:

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

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  2. 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

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

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  4. 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.

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

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  6. 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

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



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

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  9. 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~

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

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  11. 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

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

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

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