Thursday 20 June 2013

Its all about Gesso !!

Good Morning Lovely People

Hope you all are doing great and enjoying the month here at Lulupu with fabulous inspirations from our fabulous Design Team.

Before I kick start with my post on Gesso , I would like to take a moment to talk about something else and it really means a lot to me .
As you all know my term with lulupu has come to end and this is my last post . I would like to thank all the people associated with Lulupu. Karuna di thank you so much for giving this amazing and wonderful opportunity to be part of one of the most amazing design team ever . My fellow team members Nikita, Indira ,Snehal and Ujjwal di , readers ,viewers everyone thank you so much for all the love and appreciation.My journey with Lulupu was a beautiful ride and  will always cherish . 

Now coming back to my post on Gesso. What is GESSO ???

Gesso is an artist's primer. In other words, it's like a white chalky paint that makes a flat, or not glossy, tooth (or texture) on the surface of paper, canvas etc... Gesso is also referred to as a "ground." The flat finish it creates lets different mediums (inks, paints, etc.) stick to it. It used to made from animal glue (I believe  gesso is) but is now primarily acrylic based (Yeeyy for that). Many people use gesso in their art for lots of things other than priming though.

The really exciting thing is that gesso's acrylic-based nature changes the way inks & markers react with your cardstocks. I've discovered in my mad experiments that Gesso not only creates artsy texture really easily, but it also resists inks and gives you more drying time.
Applications: Use anything! You can scrape it on with cardboard, an acrylic block, a kitchen spatula... you can add it thickly & then stamp in it or roll a stamp wheel in it (that is SO kewl!) Lay lace or fabric in it & pull it off... For brushing it on: different brushes will give varied textures, so it's fun to experiment. It is a good to have one brush dedicated to gesso, since it's harder on them than paint is, but you don't need any brushes for this technique.
Clean up: Protect your work surface & wear work clothes. Gesso is a primer so it has staying power. You'll want to clean it off stamps asap, but it comes off okay.

I have made two cards using gesso. Have a Look.

First Card - How to use Pattern paper to create textured surface.

I totally loved the outcome. Okay I am in Love with these gorgeous TCW Stencils. These are super awesome ,easy to use and can add lots of layers and pretty textures to your piece of work.

So , How does my card look ?

For this card I have simple fussy the pattern paper and pasted it on the base CS. And these cute little gorgeous butterflies is also fussy cut and die cut is all from the Tiger lily paper pad ( I love this paper stack).

Second card - Stamping and Masking 

For this card , I have covered the base CS with Washi tape and covered with Gesso , so that I am able to add colors over it .

As you can see I have applied Gesso over Washi Tape with help of paper towel/tissue.Once it was dry , then I have layered the TCW stencil over the bg and Distressed . Voila your base is ready to decorate . Here is my finished card- 

The second technique used on this card is stamping with Gesso. I have used these cute little Micia Love birds for this. I have simple placed this stamp over my left over gesso and stamped it . It is just the same way  that we do when stamping with Inks . All you have to be careful is with the cleaning of stamps. I have covered the stamp birds with glossy accents to add so more dimension.

Hopefully was able to inspire you all. 
Have you join the fun challenge in Lulupu challenge #13 Lady- stamp- lot.


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  1. Hey Isha. Thanks for the mention there :) I too will miss this awesome team here... as this is my last month too as the DT of Lulupu.
    Your cards with gesso are brilliant. Love how it transforms the PP and washi tape.

  2. Thanks for the mention here Isha.You are a fabulous artist and learnt a lot from you.It as a pleasure working with you and what a post to say good bye with.very informative post and I am inspired to invest in a bottle of gesso

  3. Lovely review Isha! I know its ur last post but hard to believe! We will really miss u and all other DT memebers and hope we all stay connected :)

  4. Both your cards are beautiful Isha!..Love the way you have used the gesso to create the background....Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  5. very informative post Isha..loved your creations...the texture looks so beautiful...thanks for sharing this info !!

  6. Great works using Gesso... both the cards sooo pretty...... Will miss you to see in lulupu's blog....


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