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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Paints It Black


I've had this idea in my head for a while now where I wanted to create a Folk Flowers pattern, then paint out the background. I was inspired by a pin which I eventually tracked down to this post (check out the cute puppies in the post too!).


I started by stamping my images on a piece of white card, trying to be as symmetrical as possible. (I don't do precise!)


Next, I watercoloured the flowers with Distress Inks, keeping some white space within the flowers.


Then came the fun bit! I covered the entire background with black gesso. It really makes the flowers pop!


You do need a steady hand and a fine brush as you get close to the edges of the images, but black gesso will take white gel pen, so I was able to correct some of the untidy areas once the gesso had dried (which doesn't take long at all). I also added some dot detailing with the white gel pen.


To finish off, I trimmed the card panel before adhering it to my card stock, then added a sentiment which I'd stamped onto a scrap of Gelli Plate print. Here's a look at the finished card again.


Stamps Shirley used in today's project:

 

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15 comments:

  1. Such a fun idea and great to know that the gesso is so forgiving. Thank you for the inspiration x

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  2. This is gorgeous. I might have to try this. Hugz

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  3. Wow - love this dramatic technique!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  4. So pretty! Love the colors on the black background!

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  5. WOW!! What a beautiful card. Love the idea using black gesso for dark background.

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  6. Wonderful card!! I liked it against the black! :)
    Suchi xx

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  7. The flowers really look great on the black background

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  8. This card is simply breath taking. I have never come across BLACK gesso and NOW I am going to have to get some. LOL:)

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  9. Fabulous card! The flowers and leaves really pop xxx

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  10. Love what you did with those stamps, Shirley, WOW!

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  11. Gorgeous card! Love the colors on black and really LOVE the white dots - just adds something special.

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  12. LOVE this technique and love this card Shirley! Thanks for sharing!

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