Just a little while ago, my folks surprised me with a display piece for when I'm taking photos of my needle felted necklaces. They had seen one of those black velvet displays and scooped it up for me because it was on sale. You've all seen them before. They look pretty much like this....
So while the snow was falling yet again (could have swore the calendar said it was Spring!), I took my display downstairs by the heat vent in the floor and started to apply layers of gesso. The first coat just seemed to get sucked into the velvet and I was beginning to think maybe I had ruined it. As each coat dried by the heat of the vent (I'm not the most patient crafter), it was beginning to look like it was going to work.
So out came my handy piece of sandpaper and I smoothed all the rough sections down.
Placing a necklaces on it, I found the color of the plain gesso was too bright.
I flipped thru my paint collection and found a bottle of Martha Stewart craft paint called "Lake Fog" and covered the gesso in that. I loved it! I was playing around a bit more and painted the word "postcard" in a light caramel ink.
This time, I just took a Sharpie fine tip black marker and wrote the message I whisper to myself all the time when I get nervous or anxious ... Just Breathe.
I'm thinking I'll be keeping my eyes open for a few more display pieces and doing this again.