I am an absolute fan of Carla, I love her work and her books. I remember doing this tutorial when I actually saw it (one of the few that I did right away, I suspect it was when I was experimenting with making my own gesso), but I cannot for the life of me find where I did it the first time. I remember I was not that impressed with my page last time so I am glad I had this opportunity to redo the idea and play with it because I LOVE how this spread came out this time.
Here is the finished spread:
Over the weekend I was making some spray inks, and while I was trying to get the intensity of colour I wanted I was spraying onto this page with my homemade stencils. When I went to turn to an empty page for this prompt, I thought I may as well gesso over the ink and then reuse this page, the ink underneath if it showed through would just be an extra layer. I then painted india ink over the dried gesso and then painted more gesso on as per the tutorial.
I decided to add a bit of colour to the page to make the flowers pop out a bit more. And then while I had my folder of text out making these, I decided to use some found text on this spread as well.
Some super close ups of the found words:
I generally use cheap gesso, I have some Golden Gesso, but it costs and arm and a leg by the time it reaches the bottom of the world, so I am quite stingy about using it, but after my first coat of gesso when I painted in the flowers, I decided to break out the good stuff for a slightly better coat on the background, which I am pleased I did. This was a fun spread to do, as it sat open on the table beside me ready for when I had scraps of time to work on it.
Oh how I love gesso!!