~Gesso is an opague medium which primes and covers almost any surface so that it can be collaged and altered.
~ Gesso prevents paint from soaking through to your art surface ( art journal paper pages, canvas, assemblage object etc)
~ If you have a glossy surface like an art journal cover it will provide a matte coat for you to work on once you painted it on.
~ Gesso is a mixture of glue and either chalk or plaster of paris applied as a ground or coating to surfaces in order to give them the correct properties to receive paint.
~ Gesso can also be built up or molded into relief designs, or carved.
~ Gesso adds stability to art journal pages when they are heavily collaged, ideal as a base ground
~ I use it to cover collaged text and magazine cutouts that I have glued on as a background and now want to paint or journal over it
~ I also use gesso in combination with my watercolor crayons, rather than thinning them out with just water I used watered down gesso which gives the watercolor a chalky appearance , almost like a light acrylic which I like
~ Take a peek at the video to see what kind of pastel effect you get when blending watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils with gesso
Art Journal Supplies - Gesso
Basic Applications for Gesso and Gel Medium and Whote Acrylic Paint in Art Journaling and Mixed Media Collage