Playing with paint… again!

This Thursday, it’s all about – ‘playing with paint’! Well, I’ve been doing that a lot recently, what with the GPP Street Team Crusade #25 to learn the properties of gesso. Today I made another exciting discovery and also finished what I call a chunky collage! Rosie & Linda’s Awfully Big Art Adventure had a wonderful challenge a couple of weeks ago to make chunky ATCs using wooden blocks. As so often happens, I hadn’t any wood or blocks I could use at the time, but I did bring a slab of wood home from the Scrapstore, so I managed to make one of these chunky wooden collages. I like how this turned out and shall be making a couple of festive ones too.


And the other side…


It was interesting working with a chunk of wood as I was able to incorporate many types of medium and techniques – collage, text, stamping, paint through punchinella, ink and glimmer mist and an image transfer too. I like the layers of wood so much I decided to just seal the sides with gel medium. I shall varnish the whole chunk later.

I was trying to decide what to do with this frame, which I had sanded lightly and painted with white gesso. I had also sponged gesso lightly over it too. Mindful of the resist effect of gesso under acrylic paint, I wondered if the sponge effect would look good… So I brushed on purple acrylic paint after masking the back (it has a black velvet covering), and then started to dab a scrunched up piece of kitchen roll over the still wet paint. Wow!! Just like ragging on walls… I like this – you can see the gesso and beneath, just a glimmer of the original gold paint. How cool is that? (Michelle – I get it, really I do!) *claps*


Now all I have to add is an appropriate image inside the frame… I am so excited at the prospect of trying this on a canvas, I can hardly wait! Woohoo!

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  1. susiebwell

     /  November 21, 2008

    More gorgeous!!!!!!! TFPxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Brilliant!!!

  3. lovely work xxx

  4. So glad to see you got to play with some wood Rosie! Lovely creation and isn’t it fun, more sides to decorate! Lovely rich colored frame too.
    I think of gesso also as a great healer ;), whenever I am feeling like something didn’t quite come out as I’d hoped, a coat (or two) of gesso gives me a fresh start and texture in the process.

  5. Love the wood atc’s – how cool they are! I’m posting my crusade experiments right now, gesso is way cool! 🙂

  6. Oh, I LOVE your wood blocks! Isn’t great the way they take to stamps and paint? Yours are fabulous, Rosie! It’s been years since I’ve played with images on wood. You’ve just inspired me to try again!! XOXO


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