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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Paints It Black

I've had this idea in my head for a while now where I wanted to create a Folk Flowers pattern, then paint out the background. I was inspired by a pin which I eventually tracked down to this post (check out the cute puppies in the post too!).

I started by stamping my images on a piece of white card, trying to be as symmetrical as possible. (I don't do precise!)

Next, I watercoloured the flowers with Distress Inks, keeping some white space within the flowers.

Then came the fun bit! I covered the entire background with black gesso. It really makes the flowers pop!

You do need a steady hand and a fine brush as you get close to the edges of the images, but black gesso will take white gel pen, so I was able to correct some of the untidy areas once the gesso had dried (which doesn't take long at all). I also added some dot detailing with the white gel pen.

To finish off, I trimmed the card panel before adhering it to my card stock, then added a sentiment which I'd stamped onto a scrap of Gelli Plate print. Here's a look at the finished card again.

Stamps Shirley used in today's project:


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  1. Such a fun idea and great to know that the gesso is so forgiving. Thank you for the inspiration x

  2. This is gorgeous. I might have to try this. Hugz

  3. Wow - love this dramatic technique!

  4. So pretty! Love the colors on the black background!

  5. WOW!! What a beautiful card. Love the idea using black gesso for dark background.

  6. Wonderful card!! I liked it against the black! :)
    Suchi xx

  7. The flowers really look great on the black background

  8. This card is simply breath taking. I have never come across BLACK gesso and NOW I am going to have to get some. LOL:)

  9. Fabulous card! The flowers and leaves really pop xxx

  10. Love what you did with those stamps, Shirley, WOW!

  11. Gorgeous card! Love the colors on black and really LOVE the white dots - just adds something special.

  12. LOVE this technique and love this card Shirley! Thanks for sharing!


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