Butterfly Sketch

As You See It Challenge #225
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Birds, Bees, Butterflies

Round 2 with gesso. I think I’m focusing too much on the product and results which is way out of my comfort zone. Anyway business at hand, The AYSI challenge for 05.08.20 was a sketch challenge:

and the The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge is one of Birds, Bees, Butterflies which of course I immediately chose butterflies. I used some clear gesso on my text vellum, then stamped the Pretty Pink Posh Beautiful Butterflies stamp set in Versafine black onxy ink. I colored my butterflies with color burst in marsala and rogue with a water brush, adding some dots with the Ice White Pearl Pen. My clouds using my Bonnie cloud stencil were created using Distress Oxide ink in Milled Lavender and Broken China. I liked the light milled lavender and am thinking I should have stopped there, then for good measure tried to add some white gesso through a cloud stencil…..not happening and trimmed that down. My side panel was cut from my favorite DCWV patterned paper pack The Mariposa Stack and layered on some GKD cardstock after using a darice butterfly embossing folder which cannot be seen but I know it’s there. The sentiment is GKD’s Sweet Friend that I cut apart.

I really enjoy playing along with both of these challenges as they are always fun and creative.

The gloves are coming off with this gesso stuff and am definitely open to constructive critique. You won’t hurt my feelings because you are all such good friends. I promise to only cry a little bit…LOL. To my eye it’s messy.

24 thoughts on “Butterfly Sketch

  1. Oh YES it is messy and what a delightful mess it is. Add some white splatter if you want to tie it all together. White gesso water down works as splatter too. I don’t think you need any changes, however.

  2. The richness of the butterflies against the looseness of the clouds is a nice contrast. Thanks for playing along with us As You See It Challenge.

  3. Why you think it too messy I’m not sure – It is supposed to look like that. My initial reaction was wow I like this. Like me you over think things sometimes. Those butterflies just fly off the card just as they are supposed to. Love the colours and the clouds look perfectly fine.

    1. Thanks so much for the vote of confidence. I’m traveling into the unknown and not really sure what the outcome is supposed to be.

      1. There is no supposed to be outcome using Gesso. It is one of those mediums that you just go with the flow. It can be used as a resist, you can colour and stamp on it – whatever your imagination wants really. Just have fun and see what happens. Honestly – this particular card is truly beautiful.

  4. Gayle, this is great! Yes, it looks a bit “messy”, but it’s supposed to! I love the sky you created and having the blue in there with the milled lavender gives a beautiful contrast to your clouds. You really created a beauty here and Johanna is right, those butterflies look like they are flying right off the card. Try not to look for perfection, just have fun playing and seeing the different looks you get from doing things different ways.

  5. Very pretty, gesso or not…truthfully, I don’t know what that technique is! But your vivid butterflies are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this with us at As You See It this week!

  6. Gayle I think your butterflies are just lovely – but I have no tips to share about working with Gesso, I never use it. I am much more of a ‘clean and layered’ gal! Thanks for playing along with us over at As You See It this week!

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