Saturday, March 19, 2016

More Than Words March challenge

The challenge at More Than Words for March, is to be inspired by gesso and the word bliss:
Now as much as I love to do mixed media scrapping, this one threw me. I guess I was overthinking the challenge. Did the gesso have to make a big appearance on the page, or could the gesso be disguised? These are the questions I pondered as I thought about this challenge. I scrolled through the DT pages for inspiration, amazing art, all of it, but the gesso made a feature in so many of them. As I kept reading, I realised the gesso certainly can be used in many ways, not just as a feature. Then the idea for my page came to me. 
I decided to get some scraps of patterned paper, and make a crazy patchwork design onto some cardstock:
I then painted the background with gesso, got a wet wipe and smudged it around the page. 
The next step was to get some old dress pattern paper, apply this with clear gesso and position it roughly over the background. I applied more clear gesso over the whole surface to seal it. 
Then I added some extra colour. with gelatos, which I applied using a wet wipe. 
The last step, was to add some stamping, I used 2 different stamps. 
I then applied some more clear gesso and some cotton thread, before the final stage. 
I completed the layout, by layering the photo of my niece and her son, onto some more scrap paper, adding some chipboard frames, that I coated in white gesso and then applied glimmer glam to.
 I used some Charms Creations music paper embellishments, along with die cuts, wood veneers, flowers, and a handmade "lollipop" flower that I had in my stash. 
I really love the end result of this layout. I loved the creative process, and being able to apply things that I have learned along the way, just needed to get over the hump. 
Thanks for looking at my process and layout, and for any comments you may leave. 


  1. AWESOME Sandra, I love what you have done, looks gorgeous. Love the whole soft beachy feel to this. Thanks so much for playing along with us at More Than Words.

  2. This is fabulous.. just love the steps you have shown too.. creating is such fun... love the photo too..

  3. I absolutely adore this and love the way your background turned out! Thank you for playing along with us at More Than Words!

  4. Sooooo cute!!!!
    Great tutorial !!! Love the way you Have used gesso!
    Thanks for playing with us at More Than Words!

  5. Oh this is so clever Sandra! I love the tutorial and the end result is amazing. So glad you could join us at More Than Words again.

  6. This is really REALLY BEAUTIFUL... THANK you Sandra for joining in over @ More Than Words this month!! :)

  7. I love this!! I like that you showed the process as well! Great background! Beautiful photo. This is a really great take on our challenge at More Than Words! I would like to invite you to visit my blog this month for a giveaway!

  8. Wow! The layout is wonderful!Thanks for playing with us at More Than Words!