My latest crafty must-do is using Gesso and modelling paste on blank canvas to create backgrounds with tons of texture and interest. The effect is quite subtle and therefore you may not distinguish the relief work straightaway but it is distinctive if you look closely. What the additional texture does however is add depth to any 3-dimensional artwork and it’s also fun to use.
I do get a bit messy, but lots of newspaper to protect the work surface soon looks after that. The best thing about using the paste is that you can apply it through/over stencils and if you don’t like the effect, it wipes off very easily to leave a blank space for you to start over.
This picture started life as a 99p blank canvas, 8″ x 8″ and I transformed it by using lots of items I had lying around. Anything goes with this sort of craftiness and I am about to dismantle an old watch which no longer works so I can use the different-shaped clock works inside. I’m always on the look out for old keys, clocks and watches, and chains to include in pictures and I am so glad that the car boot sale season is almost upon us. I love rummaging around other people’s junk to find my treasures and it’s usually a very economical way of increasing my stash.
I have just prepared a larger canvas with Gesso and modelling paste and it is outside drying in the gorgeous sunshine. I am hoping it dries enough to start the artwork soon, but if not it will have to wait until next weekend.
In the meantime, I need to finish off my baby quilt that I made last Saturday whilst I wait for the sun to do it’s work.
The first reminds me of Steampunk. Love it. The quilt is adorable. Your creativity gift is beautiful.
Thanks Judy and yes, it is Steampunk influenced (the cogs), Thank you 🙂
I Have So Much Fun Using Molding Paste And Gesso on mixed media Pieces. It Adds So Much To The Finished Project. Thanks For Sharing, Nikki
I’ve just moved on to this after 9 months of preparing a wedding scrapbook for my niece who is getting married next month. I can’ wait to get my hands on the photos so I can finish it off 🙂 but in the meantime I’m trying some new things out. What fun!
I love this! Soft yet industrial too. The layers and details draw me in. You could sell these on etsy, you are very talented.
Thank you! I ought to get rid of some of the things I make as they just get put away in the cupboard!