Friday, 26 June 2015

Playing with Cheesecloth

I love cheesecloth. It is inexpensive, easy to use, versatile and creates the most fabulous texture. I love it so much, I buy it by the yard from my local fabric store.

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I started this page by adhering the cheesecloth directly to the paper using soft gel medium using a brush and then set it aside to dry. I find it's easier to control the cheesecloth if I use brush instead of a palette knife.

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When it was dry, I added a couple of coats of gesso. I could have put a coat of gesso on the paper before I added the cheesecloth but I wasn't thinking that far ahead - definitely something to try the next time. Then more setting aside and drying.

I let it sit for a few days because I just didn't have time to get back to it and by then all the gesso and gel medium were completely dry. Then I added the color. I randomly sprayed lots of Prima Color Bloom sprays. I have been using these sprays a lot since I got my hands on them late last year.  I love the color palette and I love how they blend.

When I finished, the paper was very soggy so I set it aside to dry.

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When I came back to the page, I really didn't like it. It was too dark and didn't feel like me. I wanted to lighten it up so I added some white paint on the top of the cheesecloth using my brayer.

I also added a few splashes of yellow - just to experiment. My paint of choice these days is the heavy body paint by Dina from her Dina Wakley Media line by Ranger.  I love this paint. I love the colors, the packaging, the texture of the paint - it's great paint.

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And here's the page...

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I'm not sure if it's finished or not. Maybe it needs some journaling but for now, I'm quite happy to enjoy all that texture. I really don't want to cover it up.

Also, please note that there is absolutely no blue of any kind on this page. That doesn't happen very often so I have to point it out when it does.

Thanks for stopping by!


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