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« Reply #100 on: July 02, 2016 11:51:02 AM »

... glue mediums have definitely touched fabric/materials... it's *ON*!
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« Reply #101 on: July 02, 2016 03:06:35 PM »

I'm in between rounds of gesso-ing.  I ran out of space to put drying items. Cheesy 

That has happened to me before too!   Cheesy  I ended up using magnets and hanging things on my metal shelves to get more pieces in the drying phase.  Wink
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« Reply #102 on: July 03, 2016 12:30:51 AM »

I've had a very productive weekend so far.  Many pages done and a definite plan is in place!  Now to pull it all together.  (And to clean up the gigantic mess of papers, glue, paint, gesso and bits and pieces!). 
I was watching The Lost Boys while crafting away.  I wonder how much of that atmosphere seeped through.  😀   I hope my partner likes that movie!  I was pleased to find it holds up over all these years. 
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« Reply #103 on: July 03, 2016 07:26:07 AM »

So I am super new to the whole junk journal think apparently. I was wondering what everyone is applying gesso to. I thought everything was supposed to be a mix of junk and decorative papers that you wouldn't want to cover up, so I didn't put gesso on any of the pages I've done so far. And I didn't think any of the example blogs, videos, or instructions links from geekgirl had pages that looked like gesso was applied. Can someone fill me in on this? Sorry for such newbie questions... If you don't want to spoil surprises for your partner in the thread, feel free to drop me a PM to talk about it.
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« Reply #104 on: July 03, 2016 08:13:04 AM »

A wash of gesso can be used on surfaces that are too slick to give something to give grip to, to make more of a drawing/writing surface - you can thin the gesso out so that some of the images show through, or to mute some images.  It can also be used to prep fabric surfaces for decorating too, or give a bit of body and stiffness for delicate surfaces.  Or hide images you don't want to show.

Some people, like myself, may also be decorating some of their surfaces too - I have not used gesso as yet, but I have some gessoed art canvas which I may include as pages - as I bought a roll of canvas at a tent sale, but thought it was raw canvas, not prepped.  But I likely will be adding some inking, stampings, collaged elements, or whatnot to several of the pages.
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« Reply #105 on: July 03, 2016 10:32:11 AM »

So I am super new to the whole junk journal think apparently. I was wondering what everyone is applying gesso to. I thought everything was supposed to be a mix of junk and decorative papers that you wouldn't want to cover up, so I didn't put gesso on any of the pages I've done so far. And I didn't think any of the example blogs, videos, or instructions links from geekgirl had pages that looked like gesso was applied. Can someone fill me in on this? Sorry for such newbie questions... If you don't want to spoil surprises for your partner in the thread, feel free to drop me a PM to talk about it.

Might be different based on what the journal will be used for, too.  After chatting with my partner, I'm gessoing so there are obvious spaces to art and write on the junk.
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« Reply #106 on: July 03, 2016 10:42:32 AM »

I have gesso several thin pages together then it makes it thicker & then you can paint, glue things on add fabrics & laces etc. on. It's just a little easier to add things too. At least that's what I do.

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« Reply #107 on: July 03, 2016 02:19:30 PM »

A wash of gesso can be used on surfaces that are too slick to give something to give grip to, to make more of a drawing/writing surface - you can thin the gesso out so that some of the images show through, or to mute some images.

A wash of white acrylic paint or gesso to mute out the images is what I was thinking too.  Gesso is also used to make the surface more grippy.   Since its a junk journal, I think you might still want to see some of the original 'junk' images showing through, but it would be hard to journal or do art over some sorts of junk papers like those larger glossy advertising postcards without any sort of surface prep.   

Here's a tutorial on gessoing over things for a composition notebook.  She takes hers to fully white pages, which you might not want to do for a junk journal, but it might help to see her tutorial.    Smiley
http://www.lilblueboo.com/2009/07/making-composition-book-art-journal.html
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« Reply #108 on: July 03, 2016 03:29:24 PM »

Great idea to use the gesso to make thicker pieces.  

I am done two covers and about 6 two sided pages - though I may add some more colour and decoration.  I have added lots of pockets and bit so far so things can be added by my partner.

So far, my journal is bigger than I thought, but I wanted more space to work in too.
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« Reply #109 on: July 03, 2016 07:31:39 PM »

Thank you for asking that, PB! I'm a newbie too and wasn't sure how crazy to go with the gesso Smiley. I ended up gesso'ing pages here and there but not all of them.
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