Thursday, March 26, 2009

Experimenting with backgrounds

I went to the book store a couple of days ago to pick up some new Somerset magazines. One that I grabbed was Somerset Apprentice. There's some wonderful projects in there with great instructions. I am intrigued with Gesso & I found a project by Michelle Ward ( http://michelleward.typepad.com/) called Gesso Resist. The procedure is to apply gesso to a rubberstamp & stamp on unprepped paper (I used watercolor.) You let the gesso dry for at least one hour. Apply acrylic paint over that & spritz with water while still wet. You need to move fairly fast. Once you've spritzed with water, buff away with an old cloth......and this is what you get. I even purchased some black Gesso to give that a whirl also. Have a great day everyone!



12 comments:

Orion Designs said...

Those BGs are beautiful Diane. I love to experiment with backgrounds too. But I can't seem to create anything larger than a notecard with them. Any suggestions for working larger?
Vicki

michelle ward said...

Diane - thanks for sharing your resist background with me (and your readers). I can see the lightbulb went off and you will be going gesso crazy! Nothing better than playing with a new trick :)

Diana Evans said...

Hi Diane!!!

these backgrounds are wonderful...I love them!!! I love the details...

Have a wonderful day!!!

Hugs
Diana

Mar said...

LOVE it!!!!
great project to work on...
thank you

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Hi Diane.
We think it would be great fun for your to run a summer camp for us and teach us how to do fun stuff. Some of these words we have not heard of,,, but sure sounds fun.
Your always having fun and making pretty things. You get the FUN AWARD!
love
tweedles

GAIL said...

I agree with Tweedles. You are always having fun and making pretty things. You are one lucky girl!

Sharon said...

Diane,
These are gorgeous! What a cool technique, thanks for sharing. I am inspired by your energy. :)

Diana Evans said...

Hi Diane!!!

I am so thrilled you received the book!!!

thank you for always being so sweet and supportive....

Hugs from Cole and I!!!

minnie said...

very cool diane.....i want to see this done....can you bring it camping

Gaby Bee said...

These backgrounds are fantastic. A really cool technique. Thanks for sharing!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Gaby xo

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

These backgrounds are marvelous. I Love gesso too! I am visiting you from Jen's blog :)

Marilyn said...

Beautiful backgrounds--love them!