Good morning everyone, Today is the day that I learn to use Gesso and texture paste on Mixed media canvas!
This is an awesome site, gives lovely instructions too :
Have a lovely day all.
canvas ( I used an 8 x 8 )
mask ( I used tattered angels one)
Gesso - brushes/spatula - buttons - twine - lace - paper doily (3.5 inch) mists - distress stains or inks - clear embossing ink - perfect pearls (the color you like) flowers - embellies -heat tool - hot glue gun.
First you start with a blanc canvas. This one is 8x8
Take a Tattered Angels mask, a big blob of Gesso and a brush.
Lay, only the half part of your mask at the bottom left. I placed a Stazon pad underneath the other half to stabilize the mask.
First dab, with your brush, around the outlines of your mask, to let the Gesso fade a little into the canvas and make it a little smoother. Then add a thick layer of Gesso to the inner part, I used my spatula for it. Carefully lift your mask of your canvas. Clean your mask right away.
Place your mask to the top right of the canvas, as shown in the picture.
Again, follow the same instructions as above. Starting with dabbing around the mask with your brush. I did this in 2 pieces. First I started with the bottom part of the mask, then worked my way up.
I equalized the Gesso by wiping slightly over it with a scrap of cardstock.
Carefully lift off your mask.
***We use the Gesso in 2 different ways , so far. As a molding paste by stenciling it, and as a resist medium, which will be more obvious later on in this tutorial.***
Get a nice big blob of Gesso onto your canvas in the left top corner.
Spread it out. I doesn’t have to be perfectly flat, cause we NEED some texture!!!
Get out some buttons, and press them in the still wet Gesso, till you have something like this:
Get some twine out and cut it in various length.
Get a little blob of Gesso onto your craftsheet and a scrap of cardstock.
Get your scrap of cardstock, dab into the blob of Gesso that is on your craftsheet and dab it onto your canvas, in the right bottom corner.
Something like this.
Press your pieces of twine in the, still wet, Gesso. Make sure the twine really touches the Gesso. Or it will fell of later.
Get a piece of lace.
Add a medium thick stripe of Gesso onto your canvas. I used my spatula to bring it on.
Carefully bring your lace on, by giving it a little pressure with your fingers. Work it to the Gesso.
***As you can see… we can also use Gesso as an (textured) adhesive. ***
Take a regular 3.5 inch doily and cut it in half.
Paint one side with Gesso . Heat dry your doily.
Paint the other side with Gesso. Get it a nice and even coat, and place it (while still wet) at the top right corner. Let it overlap the corner a bit.
Get a damp piece of foam and press (carefully) your doily to your canvas. Fold to the sides of the canvas as well and again, press carefully with your damp piece of foam, the doily onto your canvas. Till it looks something like this:
***This will be another part of the resist technique***
Now comes the HARDEST PART............
We have to be patient and Let this dry overnight.
Did everyone sleep well???
Pull out your Mist’s, Distress Stain’s, or Distress inks and your heatgun.
I worked with a 3 color palette. I used, Bundle Sage-Vintage photo and Broken China.
Work your colors onto your canvas, until you are happy with the result. Then take a damp cloth and start dabbing over the Gesso parts. You will lift the inks off of it, cause the Gesso resist your inks. How fun is that!!!
Of course you can leave it this way or you can give it even more interest, and start playing with some perfect pearls, or Shimmer paints. I choose to give the gesso images a layer of perfect pearls.
Take your embossing ink pad and wipe it slightly over the raised areas, then take some perfect pearls, in the color you like, and add it to the inked parts. Work it all over the image. Till you have something like this:
Brush the extra, perfect pearls off. Repeat that same step for the larger image till you are happy with the result.
When you are happy with the way it looks, then you are ready to start embellishing. This can be anything. Stamping, stitching, flowers etc. It totally depends on what YOU WANT!!!!
Here’s my finished canvas. I glued everything down with my hot glue gun.
Here are some close up’s
I printed and cut out one of Lisa’s butterflies and covered them with diamond dust.
I colored this original white Prima flower with distress stains.
I hope that I brought you some ideas about how to use Gesso.