Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Playing with Gesso

 Hello friends.

I'm finally trying to get some posts done with some of the
fun techniques we did at the Retreat in beautiful British Columbia.

This was one of my favorite techniques.  Or should I say, one of the techniques
when I ended up with something I really liked!

Christine showed us how to use Gesso in different ways.

For this card, we put gesso on a stamp and pressed it on some heavy white cardstock.
It acts as resist so when we sponged color over it (after it had dried),
the stamped image stayed white.

I added some color on top with the awesome brushes that Trina gifted us and 
Distress Oxide inks. Then I pounced a baby wipe on top of that to give
it a little texture.  Somehow the sponging and baby wipe went awry
in the top left corner.  I was happy that this arched tag die would 
cover that  oops up!

These sponged colors are a bit more vivid in the photo than IRL.
My camera is not being my friend today!

I went over some of the flowers by adding dots with a Pentex white marker 
that Loll had gifted me.  It's wonderful for touching up!

After I got home and got this all together, I randomly added 
some clear Dazzling Details  for a little glitz. 

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Garlic Flower (Magenta), Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Oxide (? colors)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  Gesso, Baby Wipe, Anytime Tags Die (Lil Inker), Dazzling Details (SU)


Christine Alexander said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the gesso session Bonnie, I love your card, that's a great colour combo for your gesso stamped flower. By the way I just mailed some washi tape today. Hopefully it will get to your in a couple of weeks.
Hugs Christine

Loll said...

This is really beautiful Bonnie! I love how the gesso resist shows up so well with the bright and beautiful colours of your sponged background. Also great when a die can get rid of any pesky "messes" near the edge of pnels. This is so perfect as it looks like a gorgeous sunset outside of your window. I really enjoyed playing with gesso too! xx

Maria - Ivyleaf Crafts said...

What a lovely card. I have never heard of this technique, but it is very effective. Love the arch die too it really makes the card xxx

Cath Wilson said...

A wonderful example of gesso resist, Bonnie. Beautiful colours and a lovely image...isn't it great when we find a way to cover up our mistakes? I love the effects you can get with Gesso and don't use it anywhere near enough these days!
Cath x

JosieD said...

This card is so appealing and inspiring to me...look of simple nature against background of soft, beautiful colors that we see in nature. Thanks for deets on those magic Bonnie touches that bring it alive..white marker, Dazzling Details, arched tag die to cover a boo boo plus enhance the whole look. And a use for my Gesso! Thanks for sharing ideas and techniques from that wonderful sounding retreat.

Daffodil Cards said...

This is beautiful, could be a church window, love the effect.
Faith x

I Card Everyone said...

Bonnie!! Thank you, and your retreat-mate Christine, for sharing this Gesso technique! You can't imagine how many times I've wished for an embossing powder that dried in a matte finish - I think you've got it!
What a beautiful card - wowzers that watery panel is gorgeous, and truly was meant to be framed all along!

Marcia Hill said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS Bonnie! And now another technique I need to try! How pretty is that gesso flower with the beautiful background?! And I agree with was meant to be framed!! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

Susan said...

Lovely colours and wonderful framing - a beautiful card! I must practice those gesso techniques (and turn my pieces from the retreat into cards!).

JoAnn said...

Great job with this technique. Your card is beautiful. Love the colors and the design.

Nstiz said...

What a beautiful gradient, Bonnie! I also love how you "saved" your background by using that frame. Thank you for describing this technique too. I didn't know that gesso would act as a resist. I'm definitely going to have to try this.

jimlynn said...

Neat technique and your card is so pretty. Love the colors you used behind the image too.

Pat said...

Using gesso on a stamp is a technique that is new to me but it looks fantastic and adore those bright background colours and the arched frame looks great too. A super card Bonnie. x

nancy littrell said...

Your Gesso emboss resist flowers and sponged background turned out beautifully Bonnie. I seemed to have missed that technique. I will have to try. Loved your results. TFS my dear friend. Hugs...

Brenda in IN said...

Very cool way to create resist. I love the soft colors and that window frame is so pretty.

Trina P. said...

At first I thought it was Linda’s DOx blending with white heat embossing. Love this Gesso resist technique and this is just beautiful, Bonnie. xx

Darnell said...

I love that you girls are posting cards so quickly from our retreat because it helps me remember all the fun things we did and I can refer to you when I get mine in order. Thank you! This is really pretty, Bon-Bon! I know for sure that it is tons more gorgeous IRL!! Hugs, Dolly

Papercraft Boutique said...

Such a soft and beautiful card, Bonnie! Your ink blending/sponging is wonderful and I love the subtle texture the baby wipes made. The gesso stamping seemed to give you a softer impression than heat-embossing, which is perfect for the background. The tag framing adds additional softness and goes well with the image. (I would have never known what's behind the frame. :-))
Hideko xx

Mac Mable said...

Wonderful colour combination and such a fabulous technique. Love the addition of the white marker pen and the little glitz x The arched die cut draws your eye into your beautiful card x.

Jo said...

Such incredible GESSOing resist. The bright colourful BG really honour your blooms. The subtle touches give a beautiful finish too. Was looking for the oops left corner, then when I continued reading I understood you came out with a beautiful solution. Such a pretty card. xx

Bobby said...

I have a bottle of Gesso just sitting on my shelf. I'm definitely going to try this, Bonnie. Those wildflowers look great with the shadowy inked background.