i love art supplies. you could say i collect them
just to experiment with them. sometimes it takes a
while for me to even get around to trying a product.
that's the case with clear gesso. now i have it on
what is gesso?
gesso comes in white, black, clear and even colors. it is used
as a primer and sealer and make an even ground for
acrylic or oil paint. clear gesso dries clear to translucent
depending on the thickness of the application. i apply with
a sponge brush or inexpensive bristle brush.
how do i use it?
as a painter and mixed media artist, i love layering
color on color, collage on paint, paint over collage,
paint over a sketch ... you get the picture. you might
even do the same.
soap and water. important to wash immediately after
using or your brush will be a solid block of bristles. especially
check the bristles at the base of the brush. i squeeze the
bristles with my fingers. if it feels sticky, i wash again.
where to use clear gesso
use clear gesso between layers or if you are not sure
about the next step. it protects the bottom layer and
gives you the option to remove the last layer.
apply a layer of clear gesso on paper, canvas, wood
before using pastels. clear gesso leaves a tooth which
is a nice surface for pastels. and oil pastels. this grit or tooth
is what i did not like about it when i first tried it. i was used to
smooth white gesso and had not tried pastels at the time. now i love it.
brush it on an altered book. you can then paint over it and
wipe off paint to retain the text below.
as with any product, experiment, break the rules,
let yourself play!