Wednesday, 27 July 2011


I can’t believe a week has passed since my first post on WOYWW. (For anyone who doesn’t know what this is about, click on the WOYWW link on the right of my blog.)

Here’s my work table today:

WOYWW 112 27-7-11

On the left is a pile of ATC-sized pieces of mounting board that I’ve painted with gesso ready for use. I’ve been experimenting with texture in gesso over the past few days, and in the middle of my table you can see my first three efforts, and on the right, the final one, which I am really pleased with, and this is the technique I am going to use to decorate the frame you can see just above it – you can also see a selection of rubber stamps and some acrylic paints on the left, and a couple of acrylic blocks, which I have been using in my experiments.

The frame has been primed with gesso, and its box lined with silver mirror board in readiness for decorating. There will be a sheet of acetate suspended across half way up, printed with the initials of our nephew and his bride, and attached to this acetate sheet will be the iridescent butterfly (now completed) that you can see just above my gesso samples, together with some of the materials and equipment I’ve been using (gesso, iridescent gel medium, iridescent acrylic ink, foam brush, Gallery Glass…)

I have done blog posts about all these things, and will be updating them all over the next few days, energy and time permitting.

I’ve been having such FUN this week with all these techniques, and can’t wait to try loads more stuff. Although the frame has a deadline on it, and is for a specific purpose (our nephew’s wedding present), I have finished all the things I had to do in the first half of this year (loads of special birthdays etc. in our family) and I’ve been looking forward to having some time for what the scientists call “pure research” with no specific aim in view! There’s so much more I need to be doing than simply making cards in order to feel fulfilled (although the demands of family and friends make this necessary, and it’s not too arduous) and I am learning a lot at the moment about new materials and techniques and am keen to put them to good use.

Have a great WOYWW, everybody!


  1. Sounds like a great project, and lots of fun playing around with gesso and texture. Happy WOYWW!

  2. Nice ATC's. Looks like your work desk is very busy. Looks great to me. Happy WOYWW and thx for sharing.

  3. Hi there, Thanks for sharing your desk this week! I'm dashing around this week like the white rabbit; places to go and things to see! Hope you have a lovely week. And I love your butterfly in the next post!

  4. Oh wow, what can I say, your previous experimenting obviously worked out well because your butterfly is magnificent as is your completed frame in your next post.

    I love the vibrant colours and the texture really gives it that ‘wow’ factor.

    Thanks for stopping by blog and leaving your message, it’s always appreciated.

    Happy Crafting!


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