Saturday, July 11, 2015

Visible Image Inspiration Day~Gesso Image Transfer, Dandelions & Texture

Hello Happy Day!

I hope your day is fantastic and leads to a fantastic week!

Before I share my 'canvas' with you today, I want to share a quick link to Visible Image's NEW wonderful Christmas stamps. They are timeless and elegant and will last many years to come. I hope you will pop over and see (and order :) )! Click HERE to transport to the Visible Image Stamp blog, there is a special offer, too :)

Today as promised here is my 'canvas' to share. The substrate is cardboard from a recycled shipping box panel.

Lots of pictures, I really love texture and think I got a bit carried away with it on this one :)

Click to make each image a bit larger.

I coated both sides of the canvas with DecoArt White Gesso.  On top of that I added some stenciled patterns using DecoArt Modelling Paste. I let the whole board dry overnight.

Once it was dry, I covered it with another layer of gesso, sort of a thick layer. I used a laser printed copy of one of my own photographs, the dandelions, and placed it face down into the gesso.

My blog post with the original photograph is HERE

I pressed it down into the gesso by hand and did some more smoothing with a bone folder. I wanted to make sure I got the whole image pressed into the wet gesso. I let it dry overnight again.

Once dry I misted the surface with water then started rubbing off the paper.

Once the image was clear and slightly distressed, I covered the dandelions with a layer of Americana Decoupage Crystal Glitter to seal it. It adds a nice fine sparkle with one layer and helped the main image to stay clear for all the next layers of paint and ink.

The borders all around are built up with layers of DecoArt Crackle paste, Antiquing Cream and various DecoArt acrylics. The majority of the color comes from the English Red Oxide Antiquing Cream layered with alcohol inks. 

I used the "Create Your Imagination" sentiment by Visible Image in the This is Me set. The diamonds are cut from the background stamp, Grunge Harlequin. Love the size of both these stamps!

Have a fabulous fun day!

Stay current with Visible Images, here are the links to where you must be :)

Inspiration from the Design Team on the Visible Image Blog, HERE

Come and JOIN the Facebook Group where you can enter our 'Show & Tell Challenge' for your chance to WIN some awesome Visible Image stamps! 

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See you soon!

I am also sharing and supporting these fabulous challenges:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit: July Anything Goes
Frilly and Funkie: Something to Say


  1. Wow, this is awesome! I like the idea of using cardboard as canvas to give it a rustic look - must try myself. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much! It is really fun and a great substrate!~kim

  2. Love your fabulous cards - works of art.
    I came over from your link in Facebook Passionate Paper Creations.
    would love to see you follow my blog.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  3. Awesome! Had to look the image 3 times to believe it's not 3D real!!! Amazing efect!

  4. This is just wonderful.loving the textures and effects that you have that images too.
    Thank you for playing along in our July Challenge over at ..

    1. Thanks Sandie! So happy you stopped by!

  5. This is amazing and I am going to try that today working on it as we speak! Fabulousness my dear! ss

    1. Thanks Nan! Let me know how it goes! I loveeee this technique!

  6. This is AMAZING Kim! I still can't believe the dandelions aren't real... such a great effect. Love the rustic feel and all the texture. Thank you for creating such awesome things with our stamps :)

    1. ooo Thank you Helen! I love the stamps you and Mark make :)

  7. Pure gorgeousness! Love the colors and that gesso transfer looks amazing!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks so much for coming by! I had so much fun making this, the texture is so fun to build up!

  8. WOW! Love how this has come together and with a real Autumnal look! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  9. What a stunning piece of art...such warmth and glow this has. xx

  10. Such a fun canvas. Love how you added the dandelions and made them pop on your textured background. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  11. Here officially LOL Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! Nanette, dt ~

  12. Wow Kim, that is beautiful, your picture transferred perfectly and love all the fabulous textures, I don't think you overdid it at all!

  13. I mean.... is it really possible to get carried away with texture?! I don't think so. :) Your design is fabulous! I just want to touch it because I bet all that texture feels phenomenal. GORGEOUS!

  14. Beautiful canvas - love the texture x

  15. Lovely textures and a great work.Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative spirit this month. Good Luck, Rupa (DT).


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