Yes, I am a tightwad. What can I say.
I love flowers but knew I would NEVER be doing the daisies in the photo-pack I bought, so they seemed good for the demo. Remember, I'm using the less expensive, thin paper, which will have certain effects that thick, good quality paper will not. Think, ABSORBENCY.
Also, I always have my work area covered with waxed paper. When one side gets nasty, flip it over and use it again.
|Stamp selections; yes-there-is-a-skull-in-there.....|
So we have three different depths of texture to work with.
|Batter up! The damask is first in the drink, or gesso.....|
Get your first stamp ready and then you will smooth out the gesso with whatever your tool of choice should be--a palette knife, stray piece of foam, an old credit card.....you pick. You just need it somewhat evenly dispersed.
(I discourage using a good brayer because this stuff is really hard to clean off if it dries....)
|It should look something like this.....|
|Hmmmm, gessoed myself too---clean extra off the stamp at this point.....|
|Placing another of the stamps.....|
|That skull looks pretty happy, I think~~ :-)|
A note on clear gesso: It gives a slight tactile surface to whatever it is put on, so when doing normal painting, the paint has something to grab to. I don't know if it is a very fine silica mixed in the polymer, but that is why I stress keeping your stamps cleaned.
|Stamped completely and ready for.....|
|....high tech drying! (yes, it's my blow dryer...)|
Also, I tend to forget that papers fly around when the drier is running full blast so grab a paint bottle, or anything heavy and secure at least one edge. You don't want these flapping in the breeze......or flopping up onto your clothing.
When the paper is all dry, you should have something that looks like the last photo:
|This is the small clear swirly stamp. Hopefully the lines show well enough for you to see.|
Plus, if you are doing this, you need time for things to dry.
Should the paper have curled in the drying process, turn it right side down and lightly press with an old iron. I have a very useless, cheap studio iron. It gets used for ironing paper, melting wax and other things you should never do with a good iron. (I still starch and iron.....I am a remnant of another world....)
Next time, the magic of what the clear gesso does!
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Or something like that.Here. LOL!!!