Bit late getting round to this as we have had family of one shape or another for the last 10 days so I haven't been able to get my fingers mucked up until today. All gone now so time for some 'me' time and to continue with lesson 4 of Elizabeth's **FREE** on-line AB class.
Lesson 4 was glue and gesso and our homework (how long is it since I did any homework?) was to experiment with glue and that counts as special permission to get completely gunged up and inky-fingered - well it does to me.
So out with the glue stick, white glue, gel medium and gesso and get sticking.
Finished that one - four sets of pages stuck together and results duly noted. Best were the gel medium and (a surprise to me) the gesso. Would never have thought of gesso as an adhesive but it worked a treat.
Here are my results - not all of them that would be very boring for you but the tags peeping out down the side prove I did use all four glues.
Next bit was much more fun - gesso a double spread and use as a glue to add in some page elements.
I added some napkins to the wet gesso.
Then I went on to add some more gesso over the top, a bit of ink and some butterfly images cut from a poster, free in a Sunday mag, that I have been saving for a couple of years 'just in case'.
Here's the final page.
Not perfect but then I just went for it. Lesson 5 is on Design Principles and after reading it today I realise the balance and proportion of my page are not right - I may do a similar spread for lesson 5 showing what I have learned.
Lastly I had a go at one of Elizabeth's bonuses (do anything for extra brownie points) and used gesso (my new love) as a resist. I had a scrap of metal card left over from some butterfly die-cuts so used that as a stencil, sponged gesso through the holes and when dry sprayed mica sprays over. The gesso resists the ink and you can wipe it off. Have not put it in my book yet but it is stashed away with all my other bits for later.