Sunday, October 28, 2012

Gloria J Zucaro's "Fall Journal Page 2"

"Fall Fearless and Fly" Journal Page Two
5"H x 8"W
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This week on the Fall Fearless and Fly site our Assignment was to use either of the three ideas suggested. They were... 
"Headline Prompt:  Taking a Chance:  When did you take a chance or a leap of faith?  How did it turn out?  What did you learn?
Color Prompt:  What color do you like least? Use it!
Quote Prompt:  "Don't refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase -- that's what wild geese are for." Anonymous"

I decided that I would concentrate on color.  I really don't like using brown.  So that is my predominate color this week.  But I soon realized that I do love all the Fall colors of orange, yellow/gold and green and using them in combination with brown made it feel "alright" to me.  I learned a lot this week about product, too.  I had started out with a journal page that had slightly dimensional circles in green Silks stamped onto it.  I painted inside some of them with orange Silks.  I let that dry.  Then I combined gesso with a brown Silks acrylic glaze.  Well, first of all, the gesso totally diluted the brown glaze, so I spilled some brown Silks acrylic glaze right from the jar to make some darker brown areas, and pressed the inner seal that had the brown on it into the gesso layer. 
I had planned to scrape through the gesso revealing the orange and green layers below, sort of like the technique of layers with crayon, then scraping through the black to reveal the colors underneath.  Warning!  Gesso totally covers all previous layers!  I tried scraping  and wiping with a wet paintbrush and paper towels, but could not get back to the glossy Silks underneath!  I had a grocery bag netting, so pressed that in, then added dollops of orange Silks, and gold and green Silks.  Then I took one of those rubber scrapers that has four designs, one cut into each side.  I scraped through the layers of paint with that.  I decided I should commemorate the page with a "2" written on a plastic bread bag closure.  The last thing I did after drying most of the surface with a hair dryer was to write in gold pen "Gesso 1st." (I see it doesn't really show up in the photo!) Hopefully I will remember that if I am going to use gesso, it had better be in the bottom layer!  Be sure to visit the Fall Fearless site to see all the creative entries this week.