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Gesso and Slick Stix Paper

In my last post I showed you how I made background papers with gesso and slick stix.  The papers obviously make great backgrounds but I also like to use it for die cuts. I cut a several at a time and then they are ready when the muse strikes.








The window really called to me today so I paired it with a photo I took of a parrot fish on vacation.  It was a blast chasing that fish all around.  Now that I had a start it was time to pick a background.  As I looked for blue and green backgrounds I found my window just got lost.  Decided to go with contrast.








The ocean is my happy place – and the fish had me thinking about that – so out came the Martha Steward punch to turn some blue vellum into my water.








What to put in the ocean?  A word, of course!  Had a challenge though – the word had to fit in the space since I had decided to use an old shopping bag ( that was the perfect color) with my die cut alphabet.  The wings were just basic gold dresden but I added a bit of color with alcohol inks.  Still need to do my jouranling – not sure where or with what color, but my muse will let me know when she’s ready…

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  • Gwen January 3, 2012, 7:12 am

    A lovely piece of work and I enjoyed the process you described………….

  • Cynthia January 3, 2012, 7:39 am

    I really love this page!! The colors are just beautiful!!! And using the MS punch for waves?? Ingenious!!

  • Dave January 3, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Beautiful piece! I love the colors, and the die-cut blue vellum looks wonderful.

  • Mitzi Zohar January 4, 2012, 7:52 am

    That fish in the window is magical.

  • Rita McGregor January 4, 2012, 9:14 am

    I, too, love the fish in the window!
    I always enjoy seeing your process with pictures!! 🙂

  • Ajax January 6, 2012, 6:38 pm

    I’m loving that fish swimming around thru the window! Also the wave-ish shapes at the bottom are lovely. Thanks for sharing!!