Friday, September 10, 2010

GPP Street Team: Crusade No.44

i've been a fan of Michelle Ward's artwork for a while now, and probably many of you have heard of her monthly creative challenges over at her GPP Street Team blog. i've been lurking over there for a couple of years now, and even did a few challenges but have never posted my results; today i finally am!

This month's crusade, Crusade No. 44, is called "In a Scrape" and the challenge is to apply paint to the page using only a credit card or similar tool. No brushes allowed. i love applying paint this way and have used this technique many times. i took on the option of adding techniques from Crusade No. 25 - The Properties of Gesso , and here are my results.


i started by scraping gesso onto one page, then after it dried i scraped on acrylic craft paint. i sprayed the page with water and wiped and dabbed with a paper towel.


For the 2nd page in this layout i gessoed a foam stamp and stamped onto the page, then scraped on paint and again sprayed with water and wiped to leave a resist. The wiping left a "glow" around the stamped images that i really like.

Back to page one - more scraping on paint in different colors, then a last scraping of gesso.

Here's a close-up where you can see that i scratched into the gesso with the edge of the credit card.

The second page (close-up) received more scraping with my chosen colors and a layer of scraped gesso as well. The stamped images are now only peeking through these layers.

Here's how page 2 ended up. i attached a mask of letters (by Tim Holtz) and scraped paint over that, then outlined the word with a Sharpie pen.

This was a fun challenge and i'd like to take on more of these and, hopefully, actually post my results more often. These crusades are open to everyone, so stop by her GPP Street team blog and join in!

Thanks for looking, and have an artful day!

27 comments:

  1. Oooh, beautiful! I love the colors you chose to put together...they make think of a cool autumn, lovely!

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  2. Jessica, thanks for sharing about all the different layers. It was worth all the work as your pages look wonderful. Love those colours!

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  3. I like the subtle leaf halo too! And your big word "create" - simple and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    Cruise on girl!

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  4. Fab pages...great stamp, I like the "glow" too.

    The colours you've worked with are gorgeous.

    I love the effect you achieved by scraping the credit card into the gesso.

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  5. jessica - thanks for admitting you were a lurker....and bravo for joining in! terrific pages. love the textures you've created, especially seen in those close-ups. fab! thanks for sharing!

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  6. I like how soft your pages ended up, there is a lot of distinct colors but they do not have as sharp an edge. Great job!

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  7. This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing the low-down on the layers - that opens up all kinds of wonderful possibilities. I love what you've created here.
    Cindi

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  8. Yahoo! You shared your challenge with us - good on you :-) Love the effect with the foam stamp, and the final page looks great.

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  9. Jessica, these pages are awesome!!!! love the colors!!!!

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  10. Love the 'glow' you achieved round the leaves... cool! The pages you continued with are really fun... =)

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  11. What you did with the fern stamping is way cool - great pages! -Kim

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  12. Welcome to the crusades ! You will quickly find that showing your great stuff is so much more fun than lurking ! ;)
    I love the color scheme youchose. So perfect for Fall and those leaves...gorgeous ! The final piece is the beginning of an awesome page...
    Cheers Crusader !

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  13. oo what fun! great results here!!

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  14. Thanks for the feedback everyone!

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  15. Lovely pages!! You have captured the Fall colors, too.

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  16. Love your pages colours appropriate for the time of year.
    A "splodger" is a Tim Holtz invention and is very similar to a credit card.
    Pat

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  17. Very nice pages! Cool to see the process and all the different layers. Great stamp too!

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  18. Didn't I leave a comment here ? Guess not .... I love your pages and I love how you played with the gesso, I need to experiment with that too. Very inspiring, thank you for sharing !

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  19. Really like the colors you used and the texture that came from the layers of paint, gesso, and stamps. Great pages!

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  20. Next time I will use gesso too, great results! Love that you join our team.

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  21. Cool !! Love the color mixing of the second piece.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  22. I just love the color palette you chose, the effects make it look like an old wall with moss and lichens growing on it. Beautiful!

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  23. Welcome to the Crusades! Thanks for sharing your steps... I really love that scratchy gesso. Happy creations from germany, tj

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  24. Just love love love the results you got with your gesso and paint. Thanks so much for sharing the steps.

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  25. You have used my favorite colours, the pages look great.

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