Sunday, February 8, 2009

Gesso, masking, and UHU's temporary glue roller

I try to visit each of my friends' blogs at least once or twice a week, but this last week I spent more time under the covers than on the computer. Imagine my surprise when I went to Darlene's (aka HUGGER) blog and saw a technique she used for a fat book swap. She did such a good job of explaining her technique (which is a bit different from mine), I suggest you visit her tutorial.

Next, I went to Dianne's blog and saw she had done a similar technique which she made in conjunction with a GPP Street Team challenge. Please see Dianne's blog for her lovely interpretation and a link to the challenge.

Here's my interpretation of these two similar techniques.
Supplies clockwise from lower left:
Craft sheet to protect your work surface
Substrate (I used one of my Solvent Ink and Alcohol backgrounds from yesterday's post)
Mask (I used a heart I originally intended to use in my bookmarks)
Gesso
Wet wipes
UHU Repositionable (non-permanent) Glue Roller
Foam brush
I began by cutting my page into 4 X 4s. This gave me six sheets, since the paper was not quite 12 X 12.
Next, I liberally adhered the non-permanent UHU glue to one side of the heart. By liberal, I mean I placed it over all the surface. Since this piece is to be used as a mask, it requires coverage around all the outside surfaces.
Hold your piece to the light so you can see all the little dots. If you've missed a spot, you'll be able to see it.

MY TIP: Keep and store your glue roller in the plastic container it came in. Although you might be the cleanest person in the world, the plastic container will still protect from unwanted dust particles, cat fur, stray paint, and other particles that can lessen the life of the roller. It doesn't take much more room to store it this way, and your glue rollers will thank you, too.
I began by positioning one heart on the 4 X 4, but decided two would be better than one, so repeated the process of adhering repositionable glue to a second heart.
Dip your foam brush in the gesso. If you get too much on your brush, you can use a wet wipe to remove the excess.
I went with straight line streaks and worked the gesso until I liked the results.
Gently remove the hearts. I put my fingernail under one side and gently lifted. The substrate started to lift, too, so I used the handle of my foam brush to hold it down until both hearts came off. It wasn't as hard as I make it sound.
I played around with all six squares. I alternated from one to two hearts, swiped more or less gesso, and even used a wet wipe to remove some gesso I didn't like. After the third time of using one of the hearts as a mask, the gesso started seeping through to the back of the heart. I gently wiped the back using a wet wipe and the repositionable glue stayed intact.

I think my favorite was the top left heart. I added the gesso in a sunburst pattern, turning the square around as I swiped the brush edgewise.

I hope you try this fun technique using UHU non-permanent glue roller. You might even be able to get a free sample by visiting UHU glue!!!

11 thoughtful remarks:

ART*ticulation said...

Thanks for going to my blog and both trying and linking the technique. You did a great job with yours! You know you could also use a paint color over your stencil to create a whole different look instead of gesso.

ART*ticulation said...

Thanks for going to my blog and both trying and linking the technique. You did a great job with yours! You know you could also use a paint color over your stencil to create a whole different look instead of gesso.

Lori Anderson Designs said...

You make it look so easy! (off to read more...)

The Paper Artist said...

I never thought of keeping any roller in the packaging it comes in. Since it fits so tightly, I can see how it would keep the dust and pet dander out. Thanks for the tip.

Mary said...

Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us Elizabeth. I agree with Lori, you always make it look so easy.

Mary

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

wonderful colors and I really like the gesso effect! The heart worked so beautifully in your alt book spread!!!
~*~ Patty

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