Art journalling… Gesso to the moon… With Fairefoxes

Hi there.

Today has been a long day so I sloped off to bed early… Stopping by the craft room to finish a journal page off quickly!

Rae’s challenge this week was to use gesso … In which ever way you want. And then she provided the quote I used on my page.

So I forgot all about process pics as I was crafting in a tiny space in snatched moments when the spare room was not occupied. (It is about to be occupied again… But only for one more night and then it becomes my craft room again!). As a result it is a written talk through instead.

I started by giving the page a rough addition of some gesso. I did this by scraping it with a credit card, and not covering it all. This provided a nice contrast between the base paper (absorbent) and not (chalky finish).

Then I added some gesso thickly through the stencil to create the leafy branch in the bottom right hand corner. That was one session … Then left it to dry.

Next session I added colour using some of the Spectrum Noir Aquatints. I tried to be sparing and careful in adding the colour to not add too much. This provided a nice contrast for the gesso and not gesso areas.

I then used two die cut circle waste pieces to create some circles to the colour. I used SU ink and some sponge to add the colour and then outlined one side of the circle with the faber castell big brush. Just realised it might help if I add the photo! Doh!


Next it was time to add some pearlised shiny paint. I added some through the same stencil over the gesso leafy branch. You can just make out that I didn’t line it up very well at the top … I am not bothered about that, it just looks like there is more than one of the branches swaying in the wind of something equally poetic! Lol

I then created the moon. I used the same circle to add the paint. First the mother of pearl paint, then white acrylic and then some pearl paint again. This made it a more texture finish. Next I added some silver paint quite thickly to add some more texture round the edge, smudging it with my finger.

Then I drew some lines to add the journalling, and of course finished with the little footprints on the moon.

My main love in this page is the difference the gesso makes when adding the spectrum noir aquatints… Love this versatility that gesso can provide.

Happy crafting!


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