Wendy Vecchi Group Challenge and Masking Tutorial

This week the Wendy Vecchi yahoo group is looking for gesso (one of my favorite things) and Paper Issues wants stamping.  I pulled out a 12X12 piece of Ranger’s manila card stock and went to town with it, and then cut it down into 6X6 quarters to use on different projects. I used Wendy’s new flower stencil with gesso on the painted/inked panel.

There really is something special about that manila. I’ve tried using file folders but the paints and inks just don’t show the same way. One of my favorite posts from earlier this year was showing as many projects as I could make from one piece of it, which I posted here.

This journal is made up of watercolor papers, and this page is one that’s been painted with gesso to cover previous efforts:


The challenge for myself on this was to bring the journal page up to match the manila paper. Because the paper bases were different it took some time to play with my Golden Paints to make a match. This is one of those ones where if you have time to let things dry, it’s a pleasure.

I stamped the open design flowers randomly and then made a mask using sticky-back paper, like post-its:

I covered the flowers with the mask one at a time, then stamped Wendy’s script background without a block, intentionally missing some parts. Then I painted over the page several times with different washes of color:

Last, I layered on paints and more stamps. I liked the way the gesso seeped into the paints on the manila piece, maintaining its white but showing traces of the underlying colors. Gave it a pop of magenta paint in the center and outlined everything with black Faber Castell gelatos, smudged with my fingers.

Thanks for the visit!


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  2. Incredible look! Love the intensity of the color! Beautiful!

  3. Super beautiful, and a great tutorial to go with it.

  4. Very interesting. Love reading your process. I love building up a background. It is truly very satisfying…

  5. super amazing…love it!
    thanks for playing with us at Paper Issues!

  6. Sounds like really messy and certainly loads of fun. You are certainly not afraid to experiment and the end results are amazing!!!

  7. Shelly Schmidt says:

    WOw- amazing piece- love the colors. Wonderful art!

  8. Stunning and so your style! Lovely!

  9. This is so pretty, Marjie! I love all your colors and the layers are awesome! Thanks for walking us through your process.

  10. the layers of color here are incredibly delicious. this is just gorgeous! xo

  11. I love Gesso – where would we be without Gesso in our lives!
    You achieved incredibly depth and not a hint of cheating on those layers LOL.
    Always admire the way you retain the vibrancy of each colour you use.

  12. WOW! Stunning page. Just inspiring! Kim

  13. Gorgeous page Marjie! Love the vibrant colors! And love all the layers you’ve made. Those flowers are so pretty too! Hugs, Sandra

  14. Beautiful colours and textures in this journal page. Gorgeous, love it!

  15. Stunning Marjie – a great technique – love the colours and stamps – very effective!! Always inspiring!!!

  16. I just love this :o)

  17. beautiful page Marjie!..I’ve featured it on the Paper Issues Blog today! 🙂

  18. Oh – glorious! What amazing atmosphere and depth to this page – amazing art!
    Alison x

  19. So beautiful!!! x

  20. Wow – this is stunning, Marjie – straight onto my pinterest board!

  21. Judy Cantrell says:

    Marjie, I love your gorgeous layout!

  22. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! This is GORGEOUS!! I love love love love the colors and loveeeeeeeeeeeeee that flower!!!!

  23. Deep, rich, beautiful. Gesso=love.

  24. Marjie, I Love this!!!!!!!!!!! Totally fabulous page!!!! And you already know I love that flower stencil!!!

  25. Next on my list is the EWV project! After seeing yours and your amazing texture and color, I’m at a loss…lol! Gorgeous Marjie…just gorgeous! I love the background, just love it! Amazing! And congrats on the feature on the Aussie blog…never have seen that one before! Very well deserved!!!!

  26. Man, this is total awesomeness! I LOVE it! Thanks for joining the MAC! Speaking of, I better get cranking on mine! lol!

  27. Oh my Marjie, that flower nearly leaps of the page, it almost looks 3D – great techniques and love the vibrancy of the colours – so rich! I had a ‘light bulb’ moment reading through your post, I just do not have enough patience to let things dry – will just have to rein myself in if I want to emulate your fabulous page – thank you! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  28. Simply stunning Marjie! I’ve just ordered some manilla card this week and this is so well timed by you! Just love the texture, colours and layers here. I will be back to read this again so I can have a go.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  29. Wow, how cool is this ?! A breathtaking piece in wonderful colors.

  30. Wonderful creation in excellent colours, Marjie!

  31. absolutely stunning marije, such fabby colours and gorgeous layers and structures, love it

  32. lol, we are masking maniacs! I love your use of color, and I think you did a terrific job at coordinating the gessoed page to the manilla based one. I am wondering if you could use Aileen’s tack it over and over to make homemade sticky backed paper…I might just try it since I have some laying around- it how I used to mount my small unmounted rubber stamps. Thanks for sharing- beautiful!

  33. Beautiful color and depth in this piece-love it!!

  34. Great work Marjie…what an intense colours, they are so great.
    The creation is gorgeous, you did so well again!
    have a nice weekend, Alie 🙂

  35. Vibrant, stunning, textural, uplifting, clever, individual… the superlatives could go on here! Can you guess how much I love it? Another stunner here Marjie. Hope you get to have a great weekend. Hugs, Buttons x

  36. WOW! What a beautiful project! The colors are fantastic! I know what you mean about gesso – it’s so much fun to play with. Really love this!

  37. Oh if I only had time to actually try even a few of the ideas I get from your projects! Thanks for sharing this process also–another great post to put in my To Try folder! Gorgeous, love the flower mask idea especially, as a little technique to add to my “usuals.” The focal flower is stunning.

  38. I love all the depth from your layers and the texture from your paints and washes! The flower- wow!

  39. Nice process to make it a full and colorful page! Pop it does. xox

  40. This page is stunning, you got such a bright and stunning effect!
    Thanks for sharing the process!