Thursday 1 September 2022


There's a new challenge out over at CAS Mix Up
This time it's to use Gesso together with a stencil

Hilary, one of the designers, is hosting this challenge and here is her message.

Hilary's Message
Gesso is primarily a surface primer that gives a uniform surface and is often used in mixed media projects, but in reality it can be much more than that. This month we would love to see you use gesso on your card along with your stencils. I have included some video links below to help inspire you.

Video Tutorials:
Creative Ways to Use Gesso by Tiffany Sorlario (7:04)
Distress Oxide Gesso Resist with a Twist by Gerry van der Velden (11:35)
Gesso Resist by Kim Schofield (6:11)
Gesso Resist Background by Eileen Godwin (31:02)
Lavinia Stamps and A Gesso Resist by Eileen Godwin (first 12 minutes)

I have to admit that I'm a little in the dark as to the use of Gesso. I bought some many moons ago, meaning to get to grips with its use, but so far haven't really done so. When searching for the Gesso I found a pot of Micro Beads in the same drawer. They may well be banned now as I'm not really sure that they are environmentally friendly, but I just used some of them for this card. I cut a stencil from Mylar using my Silhouette Portrait cutting machine and applied some Gesso through it, sprinkling on some micro beads whilst it was still wet. In the pot they looked just translucent, but once on the gesso took on a silvery look. I don't suppose that this is a recognised technique, but I thought it looked ok!

The Gummiapan butterfly was cut from a piece of card on which I had used this tissue paper technique.
The sentiment is by Poppy Stamps, with a little silver gilding wax added to match the butterfly.
Do join in the fun if you have some gesso, if you don't there are recipes that you can use to make some for yourself. I'm going to try out some and I'll report back!
So have fun, have a go and come on over to CAS Mix Up for this fun challenge!



  1. That background is so pretty and I bet it looks fab with the added micro beads. I know what you mean about being cautious using things like that these days. I try very hard not to wash things like that down the sink. I recently bought some glass bead medium which is so pretty and sparkly, but a challenge to clean up without the help of running water. I would never think of making my own gesso so I look forward to hearing how you get on with that. I am glad that using gesso is something new for you and love to see your cards. Your card, as always, is a real gem xx

  2. This is a beautiful background, Chrissie! I love the sparkle and the tissue paper butterfly!

  3. This is so elegant and pretty Chrissie and I love the idea of scrunching tissue paper onto card to get that wonderful texture on the butterfly, and the gessoed and micro beaded stencilling makes a gorgeous background, and the silver wax on the sentiment looks great. x

  4. Love your stenciled with gesso and microbeads background for your Stunning tissue paper butterfly, Chrissie. TFS your tissue paper technique video too:-) I always Love your Clean and Simple Mixed Media Design cards, my friend. TFS Hugs...Nancy

  5. Your gesso and microbead stenciled background just sparkles, Chrissie. Love the dramatic colours of your beautiful tissue paper butterfly. xx

  6. Beautiful CAS design Chrissie, love all the design elements.

  7. Definitely more than OK Chrissie! Your card is stunning and perfectly CAS!

  8. so pretty, love your gesso background and that wonderful butterfly ♥

  9. So giftedly creative, beautiful!

  10. Ooo, just love your dots with the micro beads, Chrissie!! Gorgeous blue butterfly too - will have to watch the tissue video. Thanks for the inspiration at CAS Mix Up!!


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