So, I got the hint with all the comments that I was receiving that many of you have never used Gesso before. *oops* Well, I used it for the first time when I stamped on the Muslin Bags that I posted earlier this week. I have to admit I was a bit vague on how I used the Gesso. Today, I am here to show you what I did to make the fall leaves muslin bag from start to finish as some of you inquired about the water coloring too. *smile*
Why use Gesso? When you stamp directly on fabric, the ink is absorbed into the fabric and produces a very light image. You lose most of the brightness from the colors. By using Gesso, you are creating a “canvas” or surface on which your stamps will adhere and allow for the brightness or true color of your inks to show.
Question to ask yourself before you get started…can you be patient with drying time? If you answered “no”…get out your heat gun now!
Step 1: Paint the Gesso on your fabric. Insert a piece of cardboard under your fabric or inside the bag. Squirt some Gesso onto another piece of cardboard. The first time I did this, I painted once in one direction, dried with a heat gun and once in the other direction and then dried with a heat gun. (I paint vertically each time and turn the fabric.) It worked. This time, I painted twice in each direction. So I allowed the Gesso to dry naturally 4 times switching directions each time. The second time it worked better and the surface I created was much smoother. Play around with the Gesso until you get your desired results. We learn by trying new things!
Step 2: Dye your fabric. So, I forgot to dye the fabric before I stamped. I highly suggest that you dye your fabric before stamping. Warning: My dyeing methods require spritzing or dye wash which could run your water colored image if you dye after you stamp! If you don’t have coffee or tea to stain your fabric. You can create your own dye wash with a bit of water and any of the Stampin’ Up! reinkers. Take a ziploc bag and put just enough water to saturate your fabric. Add drops of reinker until you get the desired color. Add your bag or fabric into the ziploc and squish around until bag is colored. I hope you know what squishing is!
Step 3: Stamp with Water Color Crayons. Select your Water Color Crayons and color directly onto the stamp. Don’t worry about coloring over the colors, just make sure the entire image is colored. Now spritz with a water bottle. I spritzed twice about 3 inches away to get the results pictured. Stamp on the Gessoed section. When the images were dry, okay almost dry, I stamped the other images in Stazon.
This is the completed muslin bag with the Gesso rectangle, coffee dyed and water colored with Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Crayons. Because I dyed after the stamping, some of my colors ran a bit, but I still like the overall look of it.
Thanks to all of you that keep me on the straight and narrow! *smile*
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