Friday, 8 November 2013

Miguel's Gift

The fabulous Sarinda is our hostess with the mostest this week and she has chosen to use gesso. Here's what she says.

"Hello Creatives. Sarinda here and I am asking you to rethink Gesso in this challenge. I find that I use Gesso a lot in my work and feel is an amazing tool to utilize. Yes, tool. Not only does is serve as a basic prep to your sub-straight, It picks up texture of a stencil, use it with a pallet knife, layer it. And if you are using it with inks, sprays, stains it will create unique depth to your backgrounds. Even try it on top of lace, fabric, tulle. Play and be free. I have a gesso tutorial on my blog if you need some extra inspiration. 

I also wanted to take the time to Thank all of you for your wonderful, creative support over the years. This will be my last challenge I will be hosting with Stampotique. As my glass art business is demanding more of my time... This is good as I have been working for this moment over 13 years. I will not be a stranger to Stampotique as most of you know... I LOVE STAMPOTIQUE. 

Face the Brilliance of your most wonderful creations and Dwell on you Dreams.

I'm going to really miss Sarinda on the DT, but wish her lots of luck (not that she will need it :-)
Ok, the tag was stamped in white and black gesso and then dried with a heat gun and coloured with Distress Inks.
I like to keep the stamping varied by using the stamp upside down too (this is such I lie, I just didn't look lol)
My black gesso is nice and smooth like an acrylic paint while my white is about 10 years old and is thick and lumpy and has the consistency of plaster, and yes this is my favourite lol as it really resists the ink.

The baubles have been stamped onto acetate and coloured on the back with Silkies.
Don't you just love Miguel, he's as good as I am at wrapping presents, so poor old Ted has been stuffed into the box.
My favourite angel has been stamped onto card and also shrink plastic. In the words of 10cc 'it hides a nasty stain that's lying there' I don't know why I have this compulsion to confess to all my mistakes, I'd be no good at all as a secret agent :-)
I've used Roc's gorgeous border to finish off. It took me ages to make this 'cos I was just sat drinking coffee, doing a little stamping, colouring it in, stamping a bit more... - could life get any better!
I really enjoyed this Sarinda, thanks so much.
I'm also entering this into the Pan Pastel challenge which is Anything Goes.
Lots of lovely stamps used this week, they are:

Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x


  1. Fab background and great idea with the baubles

    Sam xxx

  2. Great tag, fab background and you have to love Miguel !
    Corrie x

  3. Love the wrapping Miguel has done! Sue, this tag is fabulous and the white highlighting really adds dimension! Love it! Enjoy the weekend!

  4. I LOVE that!! It is so gorgeous & the gesso looks great.

  5. Love this tag Sue, your technique of stamping in white and black Gesso is very clever and the colors are fab !! And Roc's border is great on it ! Have a great week-end, thanks for your last lovely comments too ! :) Coco xxx

  6. Awesome tag Sue!!! Love the background, great colors! XOXO

  7. Gorgeous, love the colors!
    Groetjes Karin

  8. Awesome tag, I'm fascinated, love all on it! Colors stamps and all details are perfect for that cheerful creation.
    Hugs Anja

  9. You certainly got a lot of art (not to mention Stampotique images) onto this stag, Sue, and I love it! Great technique of coloring those ornaments! Great job!

  10. Now that is what I call a Christmas make! Love it! Kim

  11. it! Thank you for joining us over at premium crafts brand and good luck.


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