Friday, November 9, 2012

The artist and the gift

Hey, hey...about some texture today?  The latest MakingArtChallenge, #54, features gesso to create texture, as can be seen in Wendy Vecchi's fourth book on page 30.  I won Wendy's brick wall stencil on her blog and am so happy I did.  I use it quite a bit...with the coordinating stamp you can create some pretty cool bricks depending on the colors you use.

I started out with Ranger's #8 black tag and applied Golden's Gesso over the stencil.  With my palette knife I dabbed the surface to create some texture.  Once dry, I smeared various distress inks over the bricks.

The flowers and leafy stems were stamped on white paper (Olive  and Blue Violet Archival Inks) then colored with distress inks (Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Black Soot).  I used a roller ball/stylus to curl the edges.  In the center of the top flower (2 large, 1 small - slightly offset from each other) are Beadies (nasty little micro tiny marbly beads that flew everywhere on my desk).

I cut Tim's ticket from manilla cardstock and stamped the message using Jet Black Archival Ink.  The inner frame was lined with a gold marker; the exterior of the ticket was rimmed using Ranger's Black Enamel Accents.  The Ranger Gold Paint Dabber was run around the edges of the tag to finish it.

The following stamp sets were used to create my tag:  Art Works, Ticket To Art, and Art On Her Mind.  

Hope you enjoy your gift and use it today!


  1. Love that wall! And a beautiful flower, too. What a cool effect.

  2. Wonderful!!! I love that brick!!!

  3. Gorgeous!!! I need those stencils have all the good stuff! Those bricks look wonderful! Love the flower as well! Lovely lovely make Susan!

  4. Wow, this is awesome I love it! Great technique.

  5. This is beautiful Susan, I love the brick background. Thanks so much for joining the MAC!