Today marks day 5 and the final day of our week of tutorials to celebrate ScrapSceneâ€™s 2nd birthday. I hope you enjoyed these techniques as much I have enjoyed demonstrating them. Perhaps you have found some inspiration!
Todayâ€™s tutorial is such a fun technique and I am so excited to share it with you! The possibilities from this idea are countless. Basically you are using gesso to create 3D embellishments for your layouts or art projects. If you’ve never worked with gesso before, you will no doubt be pleasantly surprised at this medium. You can find it for sale at your local art supply store. Gesso is often used as a primer for canvases prior to painting with acrylic or oils. Make sure you work with it in a well-ventilated area as it is very strong smelling! Take a look at the examples shown in this tutorial. We will talk about making flowers, swirly designs and raised lettering.
Gesso (you can get it in a tube, like shown above, or a much larger tub)
2. Put this gesso into a baggie. You can choose to add a bit of paint to it if you like. I mixed in some pink paint with the gesso, by squishing it with my hands right in the baggie. Photo at left. (This mixture was used to create the flowers in both projects pictured here.)
3. Using scissors, cut a tiny hole in one corner of the baggie. This will end up working much like a cake decoratorâ€™s bag. You can even use one of these along with the metal tips if you like, but make sure they become dedicated tools i.e. donâ€™t use them for food after this project! (I have used this in the past, but found it more of a hassle for clean up â€“ much easier to toss out a baggie after use! Although the decorator tips are fun to play with.)
5. It will take a bit of practice, but you can now â€˜drawâ€™ with your mixture right onto your artwork. When it dries, it will be stuck on. If you prefer, you can make your creation on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and then transfer it to your project when it is completed.
6. To make flowers, push out the gesso into the shape of petals, one at a time. You will notice it is sticky, so you’ll have to make it stop flowing out carefully. When all your petals are made, you can add the flower centre by squeezing out a dot. If you are a cake decorator, I’m sure you will do a much better job than I!
6. Let it dry, then you can paint it with watered down paint or leave it as is. You can also poke holes in the centre of the flower to mimic a real flower if you like.
1. Put gesso straight out of the container into a baggie as instructed above. Again, you can choose to mix it with a little paint, or as I’ve done in this altered book example is leave it plain white. Note, the surface of the altered book was covered in a coat of gesso also.
2. Use the tip of the baggie to draw your designs directly onto the surface. For the altered book, I outlined the oval window and also swirled some designs down at the bottom of the front cover.
- If you let your gesso sit to dry in the air a bit before using it or mixing it with paint, you will find it will thicken and you may have a bit more control. If you find it too runny of a consistency, give this a try. The altered book shown in the photos has some swirly designs made from gesso that was not pre-dried. The flowers were made using gesso that had been partially dried.
- Once your design dries a little, you can carve into it a bit. For example, I used a needle to poke holes in the centre of my flowers.
- Another way of embellishing your gesso designs is to paint them. I prefer to use a watered down paint for this so the spongy/marshmallow look of the design is left intact. I love the texture! The flower centre on the canvas layout was painted with a watery pink. The flower on the altered book was also painted.
I have other photos of examples that I wish I could show you, but they were taken before the age of digital cameras and are long stored away… somewhere!
We would love to see if make any projects using our tutorials. Please shoot us an email at scrapscene @gmail.com. If you enjoyed these tutorials, you may want to check out our e-book, â€œScrapping Spring!â€ Thanks for joining us!