Today, I'd like to share another one of my diary/visual journal spreads that I've been creating as part of
The Documented Life 2015. The weekly prompt for this specific week was "Gesso". It is a white fluid that consists of a binder mixed with a combination of chalk, gypsum and pigment. Gesso is mainly used in artwork on canvas, paper, wood and sculpture as a base before painting and adding other materials such as collage.
It provides absorbency, adherence and strengthens the
substrate. Info & photo courtesy of Wikipedia
I took inspiration from one of my antique sari cushions and decided to go for a simple, monochrome colour scheme where I would use the white of the gesso, add some turquoise and lime green and focus on contrast and texture.
|And here's my process..|
|I added a flap using a cereal box|
|Then I covered the page in gesso, sprayed some turquoise and lime green inks randomly. Using more gesso and turquoise acrylic paint with a stencil, |
I added a third layer. I used a discarded hotel room card for spreading the gesso.
|Lime green distress ink was added to colour and age the edges of the paper|
|On the other side of the flap, I added turquoise paint. Once that dried, I spread some gesso with my fingers and wrote into the still wet gesso, using a blunt pencil.|
|Texture & colour = delicious!|
|I added meaningful words and phrases using a grey felt tipped pen|
|2B pencil smudges and scratchings added contrast |
and a turquoise gel pen provided the finishing touches.