Monday, January 29

Resist It: Gesso Resist

Hello Monday my friends! I hope you have had an excellent week. Our new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is - Resist It.  There are so many ways to add resist or interpret this theme (funny how life works out, but the day I worked on my "resist" tags was the Women's March in the USA). 

Hasn't it been wonderful having Amber Sheaves with us this month? Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful creativity with us, Amber, and I know I am looking forward to your future projects! 

I started out with the thought of making one tag, then that morphed into two, and finally evolved as an art journal page. Sometimes, my Muse takes me on winding paths.

Today is Full of Possibilities
(the way I like to look at life)

I thought about different ways to create resist, and chose to use gesso. I used a palette knife and spread it randomly, and thicker in places over the tag. Be sure to leave some areas untouched.

I partially dried the gesso, then went back in with my palette knife and tapped and pulled to create a stucco texture.

I sprayed my tag with three colors on the left, and you can begin to see how the gesso areas are "resisting" the color. Then, I thought as I was looking at all that luscious color pooling on top, why not do a second tag. I pressed a blank tag on top of my gesso tag (left)  to pick up the inks (tag on right).

Closeup of the gesso resist...

I added Distress Oxides onto my second tag.

Left: gesso tag
 Right: inks only tag

I decided to play a bit more and use stencils with Distress Metallic crayons.

When you heat the crayon it bubbles up into a fun texture. Watch it carefully - it is done when it bubbles.

For a touch of contrast, I went around the edges with Mermaid Sparks and dabbed a bit of that and the brass into areas of the tags.

I am loving how these turned out!! (Left: inks, Right: gesso)

Texture closeup...

I decided to add some butterfly people to the tags and tied them off with some sari ribbon...

Then my Muse said, why not put them in an art journal and make a page? So, I listened!

I really like how the tags look against the burlap in my Dina Wakley Media Journal.
Now, I am wondering how you are going to Resist It. 
Have some creative fun and play along with us this week, you might win the shopping voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp!


A great place to shop!!

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Wondering how the design team is resisting? Be sure to head over for some fabulous inspiration!


  1. Stunning colors, so warm and floral. Lovely tags, both of them. Such a cool isea of making the second tag based on the colors and patterns from the firt one. Great metallic details. Hugs, Macarena

  2. I love the colors, Maura, and all the lovely texture. Both of your tags are beautiful and the colors are so bright and cheerful. Love them!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Fabulous project Maura! the tags are awesome! I love the colours and textures, so pretty :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. Gorgeous tags, Maura! I love how you used the gesso to create 2 very unique and cool backgrounds! Bravo!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. FAntastic tags maura! Thanks for the tutorial, I loved to see the difference of these resist techniques! The colors are wonderful, a feast for the eyes! Barbara

  6. Two fantastic tags and I love how you've layered them onto a journal page, that is so cool! The combination of colours are beautiful and all the techniques work so well to create such wonderful texture... Hugs <3

  7. wow Maura what a treat, two stunning tags for the price of one and the addition of a journal page...hugs kath xxx

  8. Awesome tags, thanks for the details!

  9. Love the fabulous colors and texture on both tags, Maura. Such a stunning design! :)

  10. What a great technique and a beautiful bright color palette! And I especially love how you used a sentiment that you embrace and live by. I can tell you live by this mantra and it inspires me every time I see your artwork or read your words.

  11. I love both tags -- the way you did the background is awesome, love the resist technique and the effect you achieved! So bright! It makes me smile big!
    hugs x Zoey


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