It is no secret that I am in love with my distress inks and the resist techniques that go hand in hand with them. Recently, i tried my hand at gesso resist – and think it turned out pretty well. It could well be a new favorite. Well, after faux watercolor, perhaps. Because we ALL know that I am in love with faux watercolor. It’s true. It’s true. Anyhow, let’s talk about THIS technique, yes?
Gesso Resist (on shimmer paper [I wish the photos did the shimmer bit justice.])
Pretty, isn’t it??
Let me show you how it is done, eh?
paper (i used shimmer paper in this batch)
ink blender tool
flat spreader – an old credit card or the stiff packaging from … anything
On a clean sheet of (shimmer) paper, spread a thin line of gesso across the width. Not too much, not too little – the goal is to have an uneven coverage across the paper for the ink to grab onto – or not, as is the case of resisting.
Spread it back and forth using your stiff flat … thing.
Add more gesso as needed or desired for the sort of grungy resisty look you may be going for. It is best to start with a little and build up from there as it is next to impossible to remove it should you decide you want less. Remember that you want the paper to get some of the ink, too – and not simply have a flat nondescript layer of gesso.
I know it is difficult to see as it is white on white, but this is the result I ended up with after my spreading of the gesso.
Next, pull out your favorite combinations of distress inks. Apply the ink randomly across the surface in varying patterns and mixtures of color. The shimmer of the paper underneath really adds an extra POP to this project. I promise.
I like to do several at once, since it can be messy and i like to limit the amount of mess-time. Plus, the gesso dries pretty quickly so it doesn’t have a lot of wait time before moving on to the next step.
Which is stamping! Pick your favorites, and stamp to your heart’s content.
This technique also woks nicely on black paper and gives a particularly grungy sort of effect:
Enjoy playing with your newly-learned technique!
BONUS QUESTION: Do you pronounce ‘gesso’ with a ‘g’ sound or a ‘j’ sound?