Oddball Art Stamps - Technique a Week - Digital Stamps and Gesso

Technique A Week
Today it's my pleasure to share with you a project I've created for the Technique a Week feature over at Oddball Art Stamps

This week I want to talk about Gesso, and how I use it with Digital stamps to let me use wet mediums without my printer in running.

Gesso is a wonderful thing, as it lets you prime your surface to take a mixture of different art mediums.  Gesso comes in Black, White and Clear.  I won't be looking at Black Gesso today, as it doesn't work with the technique i'm featuring.

The technique is very simple.  Print your digital stamp onto your paper/cardstock of choice, for today's project I've used Index Cards.  Which are very cheap, and therefore don't handle water very well.

However, add a coat of gesso, and your Index Card becomes stiffer, has a slightly gritty texture, and can handle a lot more water than an untreated Index Card.

Below you'll see one Index Card with my image printed on it, and covered with a coat of Clear Gesso, and next to it an Index Card with the image printed then covered with a coat of White Gesso.

As you can see you get quite different results;

 The Clear Gesso, lets you see the Index Card beneath the image very clearly, and the image itself is quite bold.
With White Gesso, the background of the Index Card and the Printed Image are both toned down, and paler.

I love using both types of Gesso, my choice is simply based on what i've printed my image onto, if I've a background a want to see or if I've added layers of other mediums that I want to seal before adding more.  

For today's project I went with the Clear Gesso;
 The image I've used is a brand new release from Oddball Art Stamps, called image #386 Ginny the Gardener

I've coloured her with a mix of Derwent Inktense pencils, Faber Castell PITT Pens, and white gel pen for highlights and doodles.

To Embellish my card I added some doodles, a hand drawn frame, and some polka dot paper tape.

Here's a close up;

I hope you like today's project, and find this quick comparison/technique useful.  I love how Gesso lets me use any medium I have in my art stash without having to worry about printer ink spreading.

Want to see more projects featuring the wonderful art work of Lizzy Love then hop over to the Oddball Art Stamps Blog and check out the gorgeous creations from the rest of our design team.  You'll all find instructions on how to join in our challenge and win some awesome Oddball Art Stamps images.

Thanks for visiting with me today, and don't forget to use my discount code in the Oddball Art Stamps Etsy store to get 10% off your purchase; DTSUZI10

Thank you for taking the time to visit with me today
Happy Crafting
Bye for now

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Juls said…
This is fabulous.. lovely technique & love the mixed media look of your project thank u so much for sharing it with us at Digi Chooseday crafty hugs Julia xx
Jennifer Scull said…
Thank you for the information. The gesso sure does help give the digital version a much more bold color than you could normally give without risk of the ink running. I will have to give it a try! Gorgeous, too!
Darlene said…
WOW great coloring and awesome overall design! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Use Your Imagination’ challenge and please come back again soon!
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ike said…
Oh, they are amazing. I would never have thought about doing this :-D x
Fantastic creation!!! Colors are amazing. Thank you for sharing your creation with ATSM!
Jane Proffitt said…
Great technique creating a great project. Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday and best of luck with your entry.

Jane DT for  http://https://digichoosday.blogspot.co.uk
Buffy said…
Absolutely fabulous creation. Truly great.
Thank you for joining in with us at Fab'n'Funky Cchallenges.
Buffy (DT) xx
Marlies said…
A beautiful bright and cheerful cration! Beautiful made!! Thanks for joining our challenge at Addicted to Stamps. Marlies
Carolyn said…
I am excited to try Gesso- thank you for sharing!
I think that this is amazing. I love how you have used gesso to get a different effect - I would never have thought of that!

Thanks for sharing at Fab n Funky.

Sharon x