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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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An extra post this week, this post is for Seth Apter’s Art collaboration project; Burried Treasure. It was first published in April 2010.

Previously, I introduced you to Acrylic Dabbers. In today’s post I will share one of my favorite techniques for using them.

Rust Technique 1

My 6x 4 Challenge piece for Layers, May 2009

The rust technique was used on the die cut frame on this piece last year. Follow the tutorial below to create this technique for your own projects.

You Will Need

  • Acrylic Dabbers in Terracotta, Espresso and Silver
  • Die cut shape in black cardstock
  • Craft sheet
  • Scrap of sponge or Kitchen paper
  • Mini mister (optional but useful)

Method

To See how to creat the effect, please watch the film below.

Options

This technique works best if your base card is dark. It is also best done on itricate die cuts that simulate wroght iron work. Go for designs that are fine and intricate rather than larger areas. Less is more with this technique.

Since making this tutorial I have started to experiment with other brands/types of acrylic paint. If you don’t have dabbers, do experiment with the acrylics that you have.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a piece of art I made using Daler Rowney System 3 paint.

Dark Rust painting

Dark Rust painting

This is just a small scrap of mat board, and I was playing with different colours to create an aged and vintage look. I’ve always gone bright with my base colours for this kind of thing. Recently I saw Andy Skinners work and he starts with a much darker base colour.

I like the result but it needs a lot more experimentation with more colours to see what will work like this. You know me, It’s All About the Journey and all that :) it should be fun playing. Really enjoying this months Virtual Crafting Challenge. One thing I recommend if you are having a play and suddenly ‘discover’ something you like, make a note of the colours/paints you used on the back of the piece. Then when you look back on it, some time later you will be able to find out your own, special recipe for that technique.

What do you think of the piece? It was tricky to photograph, in real life it looks much like tortoise-shell, lots of layers and tones but its difficult to get that to show up on camera. I’m going to explore other paints and see what happens.

Thanks for the inspiration for trying new colours Andy, I’m looking forward to experimenting further.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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