Friday, March 22, 2013

Bird Card Using Gesso With Die-cut Negative

Alisa Golden in her book "Painted Papers" shows using stencils with a mixture of gesso and acrylic paint. I decided to see what I could do instead of using an actual stencil using a die-cut negative. Since today it has been snowing and sleeting it was the perfect day to play. Here is what I came up with using a negative from a print and cut bird. I think the bird was a weekly freebie.
I cut my panel out of card stock I bought at a dollar store. Then took my die cut negative of a bird and using a mixture of gesso and white pearl acrylic paint that was tinted started stamping down and up with a stencil brush that was almost dry. After I had totally filled in the cutout I then went and took a dry stencil brush and stamped it up and down to give some texture to my bird.  After the gesso was dry I took my sharpie fine tip pens to color the beak and put the eyes in. Then I took chalk and used both blue and white to add color to the bird.  The sentiment is stamped on a piece of a metallic paint sample which I rounded the corners of with a punch.

Thank you for stopping by.k If you are enjoying Spring weather please send some my way. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. Wow what a great card. Thanks for the fun tip about gesso.

  2. I love what you did with the negative. The bird is so pretty. TFS.


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