Tech Tip: Using Gesso

By Neela Nalam

June 29, 2016

I want to start off by saying that while making this layout, I had to push myself completely outside my comfort zone for the following reasons:

  • Using mixed media
  • Fussy cutting shapes
  • Using machine stitching
  • Using flowers on a layout with my son’s photo

But I think I had the most amount of fun making it. To begin, I wanted to use the AWESOME cardstock from PinkFresh studio. It truly is awesome and interesting. For the photo I had in mind, I wasn’t sure the pattern on the words was a great match. I wanted alter it in some way. I fussy cut out the word from the background and then applied a generous coating of gesso on it. The gesso prevents the paper from tearing when you paint it.


Initially I wanted to modify it with water colors. But when I started doing that, I didn’t like the look. Instead I shifted to acrylic paint and the color is called Sea Glass from Americana. It went very well with the colors in the kit. Here is the final layout. The photo itself is that of my son during his piano recital. This was his very first one and he was pretty nervous. He still did really great. My journaling says it all :). In order to embellish the layout, I used the ephemera from illustrated faith. The flowers and the colors are so pretty. Also, I didn’t like the way the letter ‘O’ ended up looking after I fussy cut the word. So I covered it up with more ephemera and to me these are happy accidents!


Hope you enjoyed checking out this layout and do post your layouts in the Scrapbook circle of friends facebook page. We would love to check them out.

One Comment on “Tech Tip: Using Gesso”

  • Neela!! This is amazing! I love how you used the basic composition as inspiration, but you completely changed the outcome! Very creative! 🙂

    June 29th, 2016 at 6:10 pm

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