Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I am taking a long time to finish this calendar! Usually when I start a new project I follow it through to the end right away, but this one is bigger than I thought. Each month has a lot of thought into it and I am experimenting with new mediums that I never thought of before... such as using Gesso. I had never used Gesso before this project ~ I didn't understand what the big deal was in using it to prepare a page until now. It makes the pages of the Composition (or Exercise) book act almost like canvas paper thickening and strengthening so you can use almost any medium on it. It is fabulous!
For this page, after Gesso, I drew outlines of flowers all over the pages and then colored them in with promarkers! I know... it almost looks like paint doesn't it? I think that is what the Gesso does. Plus these markers are wonderful! My last 'painting' was actually done with markers instead of paint! I am getting tremendous results using these markers on a Gesso page. Then I simply colored the background with green, cut circles out for each day of the month and adhered them with rubber cement, as well as the letters of July. Then I outlined the circles and the letters with a vibrant orange/yellow marker and voila! a new page done!
Now... onward to August I go... unless I get distracted by some beautiful weather! You know me, I am a sun girl, what can I say!