This months GPP Street Team Challenge (Green Pepper Press, Michelle Ward) is to experiment with GESSO. This is one of the pieces that I played around with. I use gesso all the time for surface preparation, but it was fun to use it for a bit more. I started with a bit of leftover blue paint on the background of a watercolor journal page. I didn’t have enough to cover the whole page, but that didn’t matter. I then dry brushed some black gesso in both directions, here and there. For the next step, I took a palette knife and applied gesso to a foam stamp and stamped this on the page, giving it a nice texture. When this was thoroughly dried I painted a wash of Golden’s Titan Buff over the whole page and ragged it off. The gesso acted as a resist and let the stamped elements show through nicely. To this background I added collage elements, stamped images, stenciling, and text. The end result is a Pamified Steampunkish look. Yes, I am making up words as I go-lol!
I wanted to share a few pages from my latest journal. The first two are off at Somerset. It was hard to let them go. I started my third journal this summer. I splurged for this one, buying a lovely book with hand torn watercolor paper. I love the feel of the pages, sturdy without being stiff. The paper holds up to all I can dish out. I will share my first pages. It was intimidating to start in this lovely book. What is it about a blank page that is so scary? And this blank page was more expensive and therefore more scary! I figured I’d just plunge right in and I was happy with how it turned out. I wanted to depict a world as Pam would like it to be. Full of possibilities and discovery. As I move along in my journal I am reading a book called ‘Journal Revolution’ by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino I am working on some exercises to help free up my creativity. I will share more on that later. If you don’t keep a journal , I would like to encourage you to start. So many good ideas come from it’s pages. It is a piece of me and a way to create even when I am away from my studio.