GPP Steet Team Monthly Challenge

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!

32 responses

  1. Hello Pam, The page really speaks to me ! I like the combination of colors : the blue and the black works really well. The background looks very layered and with texture :that’s what I like !The collage you made in your journal finishes the whole page !greetings from Belgium

  2. Wow!! I love how your page turned out – really great! I like very much the black gesso too – have to get some of that now!!Your angel and paintings are so beautiful. I love the expressive faces – you are truly gifted!

  3. WOW Pam what more can I say. Your artwork is a visual wonderland! Thank you for stopping by my blog. It is always so wonderful to see your comments. It makes my day!XXXXXBecky

  4. Wow, a finished page and great image! The color works really well, doesn’t it? I love your made up words, too. I mean, in your post!

  5. LOVE it!!! I registered for your class that’s beginning in January, and can’t wait! I have black gesso (so many art supplies that I haven’t tried…must get over that “fear” thing…), and must try this! I love black!

  6. You know I use gesso in several different ways as well..I love all the textures and layers in that art piece…and of course your discription…hehehee!!! Bevie

  7. Ooh! I like Pammified! I guess I better head over to Michelle’s now and check out the new crusade. Yours turned out great. I love the “gesso resist” idea. Still haven’t responded to the tag – I will soon!xoxoLaurie

  8. Making up words is as much fun as making up art Pam…you played nicely with this and the gesso added new dimension…you could do a whole new line..The Bag Lady Goes SteamPunk…. 🙂

  9. Wow Pam….what a wonderful background texture. And I love this piece. Actually I don’t know what I love more…the piece or your title. LOL Anyway..great piece.HugsSueAnn

  10. beautiful work pami love your arti have already let my son know-sent him your link-that i want one of your mouse pads for christmas-‘grow’ and i may add a mug to that list tooo :)enjoy your daytabby

  11. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog.Your piece looks great. I am fascinated by the resist using black gesso. It looks awesome with the blue.

  12. Oops, sorry Stacey, I wrote the whole name in the tags, but not anywhere else! It is Michelle Ward’s Green Pepper Press Street Team, go and check out the link at the top of the post:-)

  13. Wonderful Pam! Love the old time collage elements! May I ask, What is the GPP team?By the way, thanks for popping by today & leaving your kind comments

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