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Yogi Presents an Elegant Gesso Tissue Paper Technique

Namely: Yogi of Art by Yogi Fame!

Yogi's work is so lovely and often so beautiful that it seems a bit intimidating, a little out of reach.

This month she has put together a wonderful tutorial for us and has broken it down into clear step-by-step directions so you are sure to have success.

It's hard to believe there might be someone interested in paper arts who hasn't yet savored Yogi's work. But in case you are new or somehow have missed her presence on various sites, we are using her tutorial as shown on her site instead of "translating" it for the Gazette.

She constructed it especially for the gg designs Challenge this month but will make it available to everyone on her site.

Word of caution....get a cup of coffee, a soft drink, maybe even a snack....because you will get lost in Yogi's site. There's no way to go straight there and back. But do come back and join this month's challenge.








Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I've been an artist for as long as I can remember. Took a two year course at Sheridan College of Applied Arts (Commercial Art/Graphic Design). And many workshops and mini classes since then. I've tried many different forms of art including, macrame, pottery/ceramics, needlework (embroidery, crewel, knitting & sewing), stained glass, and several others. My passion these days are with Calligraphy, bookbinding and other paper arts.

ggd: Yogi also teaches classes....would that we all lived close enough to meet in person at one of her presentations!

Yogi's Gesso Background Technique

Black gesso, Inca Gold, Copper

Black Gesso, Inca Gold, Aquamarine, Copper, more gold

Black gesso, Inca Gold, Copper
Just to whet your appetite!!! These gorgeous papers start life as tissue paper! Would you believe???

Pink Acrylic Paint, Emperor's Gold, Emerald, Copper, more Gold.

Pink Acrylic Paint, Emperor's Gold, Copper

Of the technique, Yogi says:  I love the look of these papers and the delicate feel of them . . . In real they have such a textural and glimmery sheen to them. And the feel of the paper itself is soft and pliable, so much different from when it started as tissue paper. It would probably make gorgeous paper for roses and other 3D flowers. Haven't had a chance to try that yet.
It's an extremely easy technique.

And gg designs suggests: If you haven't used gesso, it's a must to have on hand. It is useful for many things. You'll wonder how you ever got along without it.  (However....Yogi has offered alternatives so give a try with ggd's favorite material....it's called: makedowithwhatchgot!

Tissue paper white
Gesso White & Black (cheap brands are fine, I used Palmer & Bob Ross)
Acrylic Paints Metallic (Plaid Folk Art: Inca Gold, Emerald, Aquamarine, Copper) (Deco Art: Emperor's
Glazing Liquid (cheap brand is fine - I used Palmer)
Waxed Paper or butcher paper
Speedball rubber brayer (semi hard) or Ranger's Inkssentials Inky Roller or similar brayer (not foam, wastes
       too much paint)

A Note: if you don't have any Gesso, and are unwilling to purchase any, you can in a pinch use the liquid type of acrylic paints (Decorative Paint like Deco Arts or Plaid) in white or black. A little pricier doing it this way.

Cut wax (or butcher) paper larger than needed, this will be used to protect your surface and to lift your wet tissue paper aside for drying. Cut down Tissue paper to about 10" x 14". Place on waxed paper. Put some gesso (only one color, white or black) in middle of your tissue paper, (about 4"x 1/4" line's worth) - not too much, you can always add, but taking away is very, very difficult. Roll the brayer through the gesso towards the edge of the paper. DO NOT ROLL BACK AND FORTH. Lift brayer and roll through gesso working to the opposite edge. Continue doing this in other directions until your tissue paper has been covered in gesso. Set aside to dry.

Hint: Put a finger at the edge of your tissue paper to hold it in place while brayering in the opposite direction. Careful - tissue paper tears easily, especially when wet.

I also did this 1st step with pink acrylic paint (Folk Art Berries n cream) and it worked fine too. So after trying with the white or black, try with other colors.

Do the same thing on the other side of the tissue paper. Let dry. You can repeat these two steps if you want a stronger paper, but I only did it once on each side.

Dilute some acrylic paint in the lids of ice cream or something similar, using the glazing medium. Again, you don't need much and you can always mix more. You want something the consistency of about 35% cream.

Note: The reason we're thinning the paint with glazing medium is to keep the intensity of color and to create a transparent color. You can use water to thin your paint, but your results might not be as pure. Also thinning the paint rather than using it straight is to make transparent layers so the beautiful colors below shine through and create a world of depth.

Roll your brayer through your diluted color and brayer over tissue paper. Again roller in one direction only. Continue brayering, spreading the paint as thin as possible, leaving some underlying color without paint. Dry a few minutes and brayer with a second color, going over the first colors and again leaving areas with this second color. You can either continue with these two colors alternating with a light a darker color until happy with the results, or you can introduce a third color. Just continue layering until your get what you want. Let dry.

Another stunning job from Yogi! Just got back from a trip so may not get to try this soon . . . Wish I had more play time. Right now facing a mountain of laundry.

Yogi's Response>>> Hi Arlene, Thanks for the nice comments about the background and cards. Hope you've gotten over the laundry hump... Maybe some time to play?
Yogi, I really am looking foward to trying your technique ! I'm afraid I won't have time to play until the weekend though, thanks very much for sharing it with us ! Nancy





ggd--Sally Bowen writes about two surgeries and a staggering number of other committments this month and says:
Yogi's tutorial...I feel like I'm missing an opportunity!
Ask Yogi for me: How well does this sheeting keep? Does it flake or tear easily?
It's really beautiful.
Yogi's Response>>>Sally, I just pulled up a batch of them from last year and they are still in fantastic condition, no flaking. As with any paper product, care is needed put the acrylic coatings give it an extra amount of strength.
  ggd:  Sorry you won't be participating this month but, as with all our Challenges and Tutorials, the directions along with viewer samples will be "archived" for you to use whenever you are ready. (See bottom of page for links to previous projects.)




More mail:
Elizabeth Perini writes: Hey gg, that's a tough challenge, gorgeous but labor and setup intensive.
Gotta buy stuff- find a space to work.

ggd:  Buy stuff....maybe....
but check Yogi's suggestions for substitute materials. Most crafters will have at least some of these materials to get started.
Space to work......
Well yes, that's true. But that's true of everything we do. And we will be talking more about this next month....thanks to a challenge from Elizabeth. You'll learn more about it later.

Meanwhile.....take another look at these fabulous papers and remember........holidays ae coming up soon! Your holiday cards will just be begging for these elegant touches. These lush backgrounds and accents. Now is the time to make a batch for use when things get busier and workspace becomes even harder to find!

Yogi's Response>>>

Elizabeth, this is no more labor intensive than taking out your stamp pads and stamps and a piece of paper to stamp on, plus the cleaning products to clean your stamps. Now all this sounded more labor intensive... And if you don't have the space, work on a smaller piece of tissue paper and make more combinations. Even if you don't have a space to work, use a piece of cardboard as a work surface. Supplies - nothing unusual in them, plain acrylic paints will work as well, applied with a paintbrush.

I'm a firm believer of - you can think of reasons why something can't be done.... but if you use the same energy to think of reasons how you CAN do it, you might be amazed at how our brain starts to work and find solutions. But then again, you actually have to WANT* to do it.

*ggd--Yogi! You got us where we live!!! Often, after clearing a small space and actually get to it (instead of perpetually planning which is our favorite procrastination technique) it's truly surprising how satisfying it is to accomplish something new.


Here's my card using Yogi's Back ground technique.

It took me a couple of tries, but after that I got the hang of
handling the wet tissue paper I had some fun mixing up colors.
Yogi, the possibilities with this technique seem endless!
This will come in very handy when I need a particular color scheme.
Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
I used white gesso- Liquitex , Galactic Blue (Acrylic)- Pearlescent
& Silver Anniversary (Acrylic)- Folk Art
The Snowman & Snowflake stamps were from The Stampin Place
The wording "Seasons Greetings" is a clear stamp from Inkadinkado

                                      Nancy Chebuske-Guevara

             Yogi's Response>>>

Oh Nancy, What a super cool card. Love the color scheme and layout. Thanks for taking the challenge and persevering.   
Take care Yogi

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(shown on the Early Bird Page)













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