I have been following along with the prompts for the The Documented Life 2015. This week the challenge was to use gesso on your page. The prompt was a quote from Mary Shelley about each day being the beginning. I had also been watching a video by Nathalie Kalbach at Creative Jumpstart about using photos on your pages. Recently I was looking at some photos of a hot air balloon festival I went to years ago, so I wanted to use a baloon on my page. I printed out a photo and trimmed it up and then printed a quote that had the same feel as the prompt. Here is the resulting page in my DLP journal :)
Since the challenge was to use gesso I started out the page by applying gesso and letting it dry for a base on the page. Gesso seals the page and gives a nice surface to work on.
Then I wanted to make a sunrise and sky for my balloon and quote to live in, so I used Gelatos by Faber Castell and blended them using cosmetic sponge wedges.
Once that was done, I decided maybe the sky was too overpowering so I blended it more with a baby wipe. That didn't work for me at all.... so I tried to go back over with more gelato but it wouldn't really stick to the baby wiped surface.
The challenge was gesso on the page so I just decided to make the whole page more 'grungey' instead of my origional idea, so I used a brayer and white gesso over the whole thing. Then I added some painted gesso lines as well.
I attached my balloon with matte liquid medium. BUT I was JUST HATING THIS PAGE! So, I decided to just go get something to eat and let it rest. Sometimes that is all you can do when you hate a project... the more you add the worse it gets!
When I finally returned to the studio, I used some of the deli paper that had dried gesso on it from my brayering to make collaged clouds. Then I added and blended in my quote. After that I went to town doodling with my white Sakura gel pen...and called it done. I still don't LOVE it...but life is all a learning process anyway :)