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It took me a long time to try gesso, then I had no idea what to do with it. In this tutorial I’ll show you a few ways to apply it.

Daler Rowney: Gesso; White

Daler Rowney: Gesso; White

You Will Need

  • Tub of gesso
  • Jar of water
  • Rag
  • Palette knife
  • Car sponge
  • Brush
  • mountboard
  • palette to mix on
  • craft sheet

Method

Sponge

The simplest way I’ve found to apply gesso to small projects and intricate shapes is with a sponge. Pour some gesso into a bottle top. Dab a sponge into the gesso and swipe it onto your chosen surface. It dries faster if you apply a couple of thin coats rather than go for a thick coat right away. Leave to dry, how long it takes to dry depends on your room temperature and humidity.

Palette knife

Scoop up gesso and spread it onto your project. Repeated thin coats allowed to dry will dry faster than one thick application.

Brush

Apply as you did with the knife.

Don’t let gesso or any acrylic dry on your tools, if you can’t clean them immediately, place them in water. Once you have finished using them, use soap and cold water to clean off the gesso.

Options/Added Extras

Experiment with different surfaces to apply your gesso to, and different tools to apply the gesso with.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Daler Rowney Gesso

Daler Rowney: Gesso; White

Daler Rowney: Gesso; White

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Daler Rowney/ Cryla
  • Item number: 128250006
  • RRP at time of writing:

Reason For Buying

I wanted to strengthen pages of a sketchbook so I could use it with acrylic paint. Also to cover over grey board/mount board and paper mache boxes for dimensional projects.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Opaque
  • Great Coverage
  • Can add acrylic paint for a coloured base
  • Great for collage

Cons

Not got any really. Just be aware that gesso in general does add a tooth or key to the surface. Which can make your paint and tools drag a bit over the surface. I save an old brush or use a sponge to apply gesso, to avoid wearing out my favorite brushes.

Build Quality

Excellent, great fitting lid to the pot. You can squeze small amounts out using the nozzle in the lid or unscrew the lid if you want to use a palette knife.

Value for Money

Great. I’ve had mine ages and it’s still fine.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes. I love this gesso. It covers well and didn’t dry out in the pot, despite over a year of neglect. Worth the price for a quality product.

Summing up

Great for applying a less absorbent base for acrylic paint, I’ve used it on journal pages to give the paper more weight. On paper mache boxes to cover the board. Add acrylic paint to white gesso for a coloured base. A very versatile product, I’ll show some techniques using it in the coming weeks. If you haven’t yet, do try some gesso, it’s very useful and can be a fun way to experiment with more surfaces to paint onto.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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This is a technique that I discovered by accident when playing experimenting with my new Interference acrylic colours. This paint works best over dark colours so I created a dark background and was layering the interference colour and really liked the effect. With a little practice you can make it look like brushed metal.

Brushed Metal Paint effect, perfect for art journalling and surface decoration

Brushed Metal Paint effect, perfect for art journaling and surface decoration

You Will Need

  • Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Paint: Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
  • Daler Rowney Interference acrylic colour; Shimmering Gold
  • White Mount board
  • Plate to mix colours on
  • Two scraps of rag
  • Palette knife
  • Jar of water

Method

  • Use the palette knife to apply a layer of Burnt Umber over the whole mount board panel, allow this layer to dry.
  • With a rag apply interference gold in ‘grain direction’ as seen in the video and previously in the weathered wood tutorial. Allow this layer to dry.
  • With a rag, apply some Burnt Sienna in ‘grain direction’ like you did with the gold. Burnt sienna is semi transparent and will let earlier layers show through but this will warm the colours up and tone down any areas that are looking too bright. Allow this layer to dry.
  • Continue to build your layer till you have an effect that you like, if you like a darker tone go back in with some Burnt Umber with the rag to deepen some areas or perhaps create a frame to the piece.

Like with the other techniques, to get the best results it’s all about the blending. Build up the layers gradually for the best results and allow each layer to dry before you apply the next.

Options/Added Extras

Winsor & Newton Galeria is a flow formula acrylic paint, so the finished result will be flat. This makes it ideal for art journals, ATC and pieces you wish to write or stamp over. If you want a more dimensional effect use a heavy bodied acrylic paint such as Daler Rowney Cryla which will add more dimension to the piece.

Experiment with different base colours and mixes for other effects.

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Hope you have enjoyed the video and will give the technique a try, do let me know how you get on. I’d love to see what you create using this technique.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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Earlier this month I introduced you to Daler Rowney’s Interference colour acrylic paint. I’m still in love with this and wanted to share a few more pictures of projects I’ve created using the paint.

A selection of handmade books with Shimmering colours on the covers

A selection of handmade books with Shimmering colours on the covers

The interference colours are most impressive when used over dark colours, so these books feature black card that I embossed and then used a selection of the shimmering colours over the top. They are tricky to photograph and really pop when you see them in real life, the colours reflect the light so are even more dramatic than metallic colours. Do try some if you can, they are amazing.

Here is a close up on the textile book;

Embossed book with multi colours of interference acrylic paint

Embossed book with multi colours of interference acrylic paint

So glad I learnt some bookbinding skills, I couldn’t bear to cover up these backgrounds so used them for covers for my hand-made note books. Will be making some more of these as little Christmas gifts for friends later in the year.

Hope you like them and get to try some interference colours soon.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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As part of the Adventures in Acrylics online workshop series, I’d like to share a way to spice up your existing colour palette, with the help of Interference colours. If you are a colour magpie like me, and would love all your favourite colours as metallic or interference colours, there is an affordable way to do this. In today’s tutorial I’ll share just one way to achieve this.

This is just one way to make your palette metallic and later in the series I’ll share another option.

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Interference Colours; So many possibilities

You Will Need

Method

Options/Added Extras

  • Experiment with different coloured base surfaces
  • Experiment with the difference between mixing the interference colours with your palette and using it over the top of colours.
  • Get dimensional. Try it over embossed and textured surfaces for some stunning results.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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Today I’d like to share a picture of some books I created using an embossed panel that I decorated with Daler Rowney Interference colours. This first one features, Shimmering Blue and shimmering gold interference colours.

Blue & Gold embossed book

Blue & Gold embossed book

This one features Shimmering copper and Shimmering Gold; interference colours and the Swirls; Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Embossed book with interference colours

Embossed book with interference colours

Aren’t the colours just lush! I ‘m looking forward to experimenting more with these paints, I love how they work so well with each other and over a variety of surfaces. Hope you get to try some of this paint soon, its amazing. More pics next week.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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As part of the online workshop

Vintage Purple Distressed Panel

Vintage Purple Distressed Panel

You Will Need

  • Winsor & Newton Galeria Flow formula Acrylic paint: Winsor Violet
  • Daler Rowney; Shimmering Colours: Shimmering Gold
  • Cotton Rag
  • Jar of Water
  • Palette Knife
  • White Mount board
  • Plate to mix colours on

Method

  • Apply a layer of Winsor Violet to the mount board using the palette knife. Allow this layer to dry before you move on.
  • For a darker finish apply a second layer of Winsor Violet to the mount-board. If you apply the paint generously, you can also dab the flat of the knife into the paint to create additional texture. Allow this layer to dry fully before you move on.
  • Put some Gold Interference colour onto the plate. Pick up some of this colour using the rag. Dab off the excess paint on to a clean area of the paint. You only want a small amount on the cloth.
  • Swipe the rag over the board, just catching the top surface. The colour will catch on areas of texture and highlight them. While you get used to the technique, start on the sides of the board and work inwards, if you have too much paint on the cloth you will get a different effect! By starting at the edges of the board and working inwards, the excess paint will be worked off a little on the sides of the board.

Options/Added Extras

Vary how you apply the paint, for different effects. Use varying amounts of paint at each stage and experiment to discover an effect that you like. Try applying the Shimmering gold over other dark colours of card or paint to find more colour combinations you like.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, do let me know what you think and I’d love to see your experiments with this technique.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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