I use gesso to prep journal pages. I love how I can transform ordinary paper into a canvas. I've observed some of it's qualities but have never thought to intentionally apply it using sponges, stamps, or stencils.
Here are the steps for the first sample shown:
1. Apply a layer of gesso to a piece of paper.
2. Apply a wash of hot pink paint. I used a lot of water and acrylic paint.
3. Apply gesso using a sponge stamp.
4. Brush yellow paint and buff with a paper towel. The yellow mixes with the pink turning the background orange. The white gesso swirls turn yellow.
5. Apply a wash of red paint and buff. This brings out more of the pink color.
I allowed the page to dry in between each step. I love the build up of gesso - it creates a fantastic texture.
In the second example the same steps were used above only different colors were used.
Burnt sienna and red were the colors used with some lumiere paint applied towards the bottom of the page.
The gesso pattern was applied using a stencil.
I wanted to see how the build up of gesso looked under a rubber stamp. The same crown stamp was used to stamp on gesso and later the black ink. I like the texture and relief effect.
Painting papers is a great warm up exercise. I not only get some great papers to work with in future projects, but I also get inspired to keep creating. Today I've been working on two paintings. Stay tuned!
What are you doing today to be creative?