Tuesday, April 05, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Cornelia Explores Black Gesso

Hi, everyone. Shirley Bampton made a few cards with black gesso and thanks to her I now own a big bottle for quite a while.....she is such an enabler.... Anyhow, I figured, before it all dries out I should use it. So here we go - my first black gesso card.

My stamp supplies:

So, lets get started - watch out, its messy!

I put a blob of black gesso on water color paper and took my brayer.

That little bit was enough for 3 panels. I probably could have gotten a 4th if I really would have wanted to. I let them dry over night.

Stamped the birds with Versamark and heat embossed them.

Colored them and around them with my chalk markers. I did not like the yellow in the birds head, but thanks to the gesso you can just wipe it off with a wet towel.

Added the dots with white pigment ink.

And finished the card with the sentiments (heat embossed). Added Washi tape and stapled the water color panel onto pink card stock. I did not trim the bottom - I wanted the messy look.

Hope you had as much fun with this as I had! 
See you in two weeks!

Inspired by Cornelia's project? Try using black gesso in your card or perhaps try using chalk markers. Make sure to hook it up at our Spotlight Project Showcase for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate (random drawing) OR your choice of 5x7 stamp set + a Spotlight Project guest designer spot (randomly drawn from the Top 3 picks).


  1. Cool. Love the white on black and the chalk colours. Hugz

  2. OK, so not I have black gesso on my wish list. Thanks! I don't think Shirley is the only enabler. lol Your card is just darling! Love those birdies ... A LOT! Guess that set is going on the wish list, too. :-)

  3. Ohhh - I have some black gesso waiting for me on my desk. Thanks to this post, it might even get used :-) Wonder if gelatoes will work on black gesso???

  4. WOW neat technique-using black gesso. Love the color combination, card design as well as sentiments.

  5. Now that looked like fun! Vibrant and such a fabulous technique x

  6. This is cool. On the black background the white words, pink and yellow really pop!

  7. Super card. Black gesso gave a very interesting background. It was a great idea. I thank you for totorial, it is perfect.

  8. So fun and creative Cornelia. TFS your steps too. Hugs, Nancy

  9. Totally cool! I'm going to try this 'messy' technique, it looks like a fun card to make. Thanx, Cornelia!

  10. This is so artistic, I love it! So glad you gave the black gesso a go, now who's the enabler?!

  11. So cool! Love the bright colors on the black background.


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