Freebie – Gesso-Look Canvas Textures

Hiya!  I wanted to pop in with some things to share with you!  Yay!  One, right off, is my ‘logo’.  I ‘slipped’ it in on the first parts of the Dec freebie.  My friend, Su, from StarSunflowerStudios, actually commented on it.  Thank you, Su!  The two hands holding a card with my name on it was too big.  It covered too much of a preview.  So, I looked to do something else.  Since my nickname was one I picked up in my ‘hippie chick’ days, I thought about something along those lines.  The ‘whirling dervishes’, as they were referred to, were the chicks, and a few dudes, who would dance and spin around to the music at the live events.  Yeah, I was one of those!  LOL  I had seen the ‘gypsy’ silhouette at 123RF stock, so, I used one with some paint spattering and texture.  It takes up a lot less room on a preview, yet, I think, it still stands out.  I had hoped you would like it!

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Looking back, still, ever since my teen years I have kept some kind of journal/sketchbook.  With journaling, if I was in a dilemma over something, by the time I transferred my feelings to paper, I had usually ‘worked through’ what ever it was.  That happened a lot!  I think that, with me giving the matter(s) their due while writing, I would mull it over and, more often than not, find answers or, at least, some measure of resolve.

Journaling carried over to my adult years, writing about my children and the ‘occasional issue with my hubby’.  (What an understatement!  LOL)  Family, moves, jobs, schools, friends, I always had something to write about.  I know some of you can relate.  It wasn’t until I started learning digital art, though, that ‘art journal’ came to me.  That was just what I wanted to do!  I saw all the beautiful, impactful pages others had done and I liked it!  I love art anyway, but, coupling art with the written word was perfect!  Most of all, though, anything goes – just about.  Using bits and scraps of my life and the world around me is, to me, the greatest form of art!   Whatever is ‘relevant’ works in art journaling.  Hell, it doesn’t even have to be that!  LOL

The ‘free’ spirit in me has always bucked tradition and art journaling was built to order for this chick!  I just haven’t ever set out to do a ‘journal’, like in a book format, yet.  I’d like to.  So far, though, I have just been creating art, and only occasionally adding some prose or text expressing a feeling.  After my most recent drama, here, at home, I could really use the opportunity to work through some of it via my art and/or writing.  To get it out in an art piece, or, in a little journaling, I think, would do wonders for me!

  There are some awesome kits and sets available for journaling anything and everything.  One look at almost any scrapbooking site and there is a section on journaling.  But, they were designed by another for whatever use they had in mind.  They just aren’t my own.  I knew I wanted to use a ‘canvas’ for my base and went in search.  There aren’t very many available and those that are, well, they are quite pricey.  So, I decided to start totally from scratch and make my own.

The very first need was a canvas/page.  ‘Gesso-smeared canvas’ is a look that is really popular, perfect for art journaling.   I couldn’t find much along those lines, though.  So, that is what I made.  Five(5) of them!  They are free to use any ol’ way your little hearts desire!  Well, other than harmful.  LOL  Click on the preview to download!

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Here is a close-up of one of the textures so you can see what the canvas and gesso look like.

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Like the one above, the rest of the textures are all neutral, 3600X3600px in size, 300 ppi, and free to use, no credit necessary!

Have fun and enjoy!  Until next time,

Smile Graphic #9



7 thoughts on “Freebie – Gesso-Look Canvas Textures

  1. Thanks for the super nice textures Su – they are beautiful! The amount of similarities we share amazes me. I used spin and sew hand made spinner dresses and sell them at grateful dead shows. I’ve kept a few journals as well. For a little while I did the Joyi(something) journaling class that was sent out through digital whispers a while back. That was really neat. Huge hugs! Sü


    • I see the similarities, myself! Those dresses were my absolute favorite! I wore one to a dance where some friends in a band were playing. I danced with the county commissioner! What a sight that was – me in my hippie dress, with all the patterns, beads and embroidery, and my ‘casual’ hairstyle, and this politician in a suit! Har-har! I have a cynical sense of humor, in case you hadn’t noticed! I asked him to dance! LOL

      Janis Joplin was my absolute idol! She wore a lot of intricately designed outfits. Feathers, too! LOL I loved the way she dressed and looked! I tried to dress like her. It didn’t always pan out! LOL

      Thank you for the likey!

      That was Joyuslion, or Stephanie. Yeah, I did some of that, too, now that you mention it.

      Off to get creative on a photo-manip!



  2. I snatched the textures, they are great. Tnaks a lot.
    And yes, having a diary, in whatever way, can be a great help to overcome rough times.
    I think you write well, wouldn’t you consider to write a book???

    Well, anyway, continue on the good path, take care of yourself and do it well!!!


  3. I love the creative problem solving – Can’t find what I want/need, I’ll just make it myself.
    Thank you so much for these textures AND for you generous terms.

    XOXO – Trine


  4. Thank you Su for sharing these pages….I too, have lots of journals with lots of entries….always helped me a lot over the years as well! LOL! Like your new logo! Hugs!!


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