24 January 2015

Calm Cat

Hello!
I'm back again with my fist DT project of the year, so happy 2015 everyone!
Along with lots of you, I have a few goals that I want to achieve this year...pushing myself into getting better at things I'm scared of! One of those is embracing my own handwriting. Hate it, think it looks rubbish....which is precisely why I need to do it more! My creation today has handwriting on, and more than a little washi tape! Another 'goal' - use up my stash!
Here it is...
I've got lots of step by step pictures for you to look at....
Going along with the theme of 'use what you have', my substrate for this page is something I'm sure you all recognise...
A good coat of gesso later and you're all ready to start..
Gather up your washi tape, any colours and designs, the more the merrier! Tear strips, and then start to add them to the page.
Save even the tiniest ripped bits, as you can use them at the end to fill in any gaps. Create a colourful washi background...
Now, I'm going to be adding lots of wet media on top of the tape, so it really needs to be all sealed. I have given the whole thing a thick coat of clear gesso...
I used a thick coat because I wanted to scribe into it, creating more texture...
The thick coat means it dries a little more opaque than a thin coat would, but once dry it is pretty much clear!
As a comparison, the pic below shows a before and after...
   No gesso..............................Dried clear gesso!

The gesso gives a great 'tooth' for the media you are about to start layering up!
Add a bit of paint..
I have smeared tiny amounts on with my fingers, trying not to obliterate the washi tape, but adding colour in the blank spaces. A little white paint blends things nicely, and tones down the stark clashing washi colours so the whole page looks more cohesive. I added a little stamping and printing...
This is the basic background finished.... any doodling and edging will be added after the image/words are in place!
I collaged my weird quirky figure using a mixture of stamped images and hand cut shapes...
Once she was glued in place, it really looked like she was meditating...so I thought the word 'calm' would be a good one to use! I practiced on scrap paper before drawing it on lightly in pencil, then used acrylic ink in a waterbrush to actually write the final version. 'Calm' was SO not the feeling actually using the ink directly on the page!
The washi background shows through wonderfully, giving colour and pattern in a funky but understated way....


So..... there it is, first one of 2015!
Hope you like it!
See you soon,
Trish xxx









16 comments:

Amanda said...

Fabulous Trish!
Love
Amanda x

Doreen said...

Love the gorgeous colours and design.xxx

Inky and Quirky said...

Absolutely brilliant,wonderful work
Hugs
Donna x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...a superb step-by-step Trish...totally love this piece, the colours and textures make you smile your bravery paid off big time, I love it and hope you do a lot more...MelX

Carol said...

Love the meditating cat - never heard of clear Gesso .. off to look Have a lovely weekend

massofhair said...

Thank you for the step by step, your page is amazing and is something achieveable. I will have a play sometime soon:-) x

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

I love it! Clear gesso is great stuff.

Caroline said...

Loving meditating cat, so quirky cute. Your writing is cursive & cool so bravery paid Off! Tick! I too Hope to tick off a few "scary stuff" in craftyland so ty for inspiring me... AGAIN! Great job, Trish! :)

jasann said...

Love it, the colours are beautiful!!!!

Craftyfield said...

Lovely page, great use of washi tapes. Clear gesso sounds interesting!

Tracy said...

Wow .... loving!!!! Xxxx

Julie Steed said...

What a fun, colorful page!

Ophelia Staton said...

Thanks for sharing your process. I absolutely love this creation!!!

Jackie said...

Looks fab! Love it thanks for the step by step pictures

Rita Montgomery said...

Love this. I have so many supplies and really want to start using them. I will definitely use my washi in some upcoming backgrounds. Fabulous.

Tina J Glover said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love this. Im definitely gonna try out your washi tape technique.