This week's Art Journal Challenge from, Art-It does a body good!, was about texturing with gesso. Have I mentioned that I find the smell of gesso somewhat comforting? Weird I know and I blame my mother, actually I blame her for all my art'ing adventures. I'm working in my Prompt Journal made special for prompts. Here is what I did; began with plain ol' white gesso, brushed on with a fairly stiff brush. It dried. Hum not so much texture.
I proceeded to mix a bit of color with the white gesso to give it a little tint and brushed each one in a diagonal fashion. These almost dried when...
I went on to cover over them with gesso tinted with orange and brown, well I just wasn't pleased with how this page was going. Just not feeling it, ya know? I think really it was how the day's studio frivolity affected me, which I will tell you about at another time. They were sorta heavy and not quite dry...
So I got some plastic wrap and laid it on top, smooched it around, then bunched up the wrap and rolled it around. Well that's interesting, but still not liking it.
I took a break and made a very pleasing ATC (I'll show & tell at another time) I broke out the clear gesso and after a quick clean up I finger painted it on. Got out my squeegee tool with notches and just wriggled it across the pages. Then went back to making ATCs
I suppose this page could be finished, yet not being happy I continued one. Adding some acrylic paints med-dark blue, then white using the credit card tech. I added some finger smeared white marks and dry brushed on some blue-gray kinda swirly.
and at last I found my page. I went on, applied some paper cut into cloud like shapes, white tissue paper to texture some of the clouds and a poem I wrote that this swirly wind looking page brought to mind.
Now that I have finished my page, I'm off to check out yours. See I can't really look at other peoples until after I have finished mine, otherwise I may become disheartened at my work. See you soon if not sooner.