We spread a piece of clear plastic on Pinky's table so that we could do some gesso'ing!!! Remember we're still working on our Folded Books. Karen & Mary had already done some gesso'ing in their books, so they were a little bit ahead of us, but Jan, Pinky and I trudged onward. Both Pinky & Jan had gesso, so we shared. I should have taken a picture of that process, but...of course....forgot. We just spread out our folded books until you were looking at all 16 squares (pages) at once, and painted them with white gesso. We used a little heat gun to dry them out. And then the fun began.
We weren't sure why, but when Karen painted her pages, she had quite a time with the pages sticking together, and then tearing. She didn't seem too bothered by it, though, because she just used some washi tape and 'taped 'em up!' Mary confessed that she'd also had some trouble with them sticking. Mary had some little pieces of a material that was kinda like vellum (or like the little tissues that you find by the donuts at Freddies....not that I'd know anything about what's over by the donuts!!!) They worked pretty well to place in between each set of pages so they wouldn't stick together.
You know, even though we're using the same techniques, we all have such different styles, it is always so interesting to see how each one turns out.
It seems like Karen leans more toward doing a little painting and then she often adds paper. Here is a look at a couple of Karen's pages. I believe that she painted the background with water color crayons, and then added the paper raven. Looks cool doesn't it?
|Here are a couple of pages that are devoted to her little Joe that just passed away. Karen loved her little Joe, and is going to miss him a lot.|