Friday, 15 July 2011

My book of Tando, Session 2

Turning to the second page, and exploring Gesso as the base for colour on Tando.

One side of the Tando sheet will be painted with White Gesso, the other with Black Gesso.   Simple just a palette, gesso and a brush.

 As you can see one or two spots of black made it to the white side!   One of the things I love about about a gesso base is the brush marks left on the Tando sheet and the discrete added texture they give.

 Distress stain goes on over the white quickly and easily you can see how it sinks into the brush marks.

When dry the colour changes quite a lot.   It does not migrate but stays where you put it unless evened out with a brush.

The next layer is with the Tando Leaf Mask and the same Distress colour using the ink pads and a makeup sponge.

Flip the Tando Mask over to have mirrored patterns.   As the ink dries it fades into the stain below and the design becomes fainter.

Colour the Tando Leaf Chipboard with more Distress Ink I have used Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo two of my favourite colours and then sprayed with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.

Working on paper rather then a craft mat, this is one of those times when you might not want to stop to mop up the  over inking on paper.  Save this sheet instead re-using it you often end up with an interesting background.

While the Leaf spray was drying the sentiment from Andy Skinner's 'Back to Nature' set stamped in DI Black Soot.   Some of the black gesso splatter kinda adds character to the stamping.    The leaf spray is stuck on with PVA glue.

Bird and branch coloured with Peeled paint, Aged Mahogany and Vintage photo.   Glossy Accents spread over the top and then all stuck together with the PVA glue.

The edge of the page  given a shading with the Black Soot.

Now it is time to attend to the side painted with Black Gesso.   A lovely matt black base to work on.

Using Perfect Medium and the tree image from the Andy Skinner stamps.

Using Jewel coloured Perfect Pearls the powder is lightly tapped over the wet ink, when both colours are down use the brush to remove all the loose powder from the Tando sheet.

Repeat the stamping and Perfect Pearls colouring to create a scene on the page.   All the stamps used were Andy Skinner's Back to Nature, the tree turned sideways and just the tips of the branches used for the greenery along the bottom.

Perfect pearls being powder will rub off so a fixative is needed to make it permanent.   On this page I used Spray and Shine which as well as fixing the image enhances the colours.

Well there we are page 2 completed.   Please let us know what you think and remember any questions just leave them in the comments area and check back for your answer.   If you join in and make a page with me please add a link to here would love to come and see what  you have done.

Thank you for joining us this week hope we will see you again next week.


  1. More great stuff Zoe, love the way the Distress Stains sit on the gesso base. Did you know you can set Perfect Pearls with plain water, BTW? Unlike other mica pigments, PP contains a resin so water is the only thing necessary to fix it!

  2. Oh I do like the black side Zoe! Watch this space my lovely x

  3. very cool. I do love the green one. I love that sentiment too. Hope you have a great weekend. Hugs, Kim

  4. Thanks Joanne, I have heard about water and PP but wanted the sheen as well. XOXO

  5. Love both pages Zoe. You have incredible imagination and explain everything really well. xx

  6. I love these pages Zoe, fantastic.