Thursday, 29 June 2017

DIY Texture paste and Gesso

Hello Friends,

Today we are discussing about a very basic supply if you are into any kind of mixed media, art journaling, alter art or painting and I am pretty sure that most of us are familiar with the term GESSO. For those of you who are not yet very familiar with this - meaning -is a white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalkgypsumpigment, or any combination of these.[1] It is used in artwork as a preparation for any number of substrates such as wood panels, canvas and sculpture as a base for paint and other materials that are applied over it.






So in simple words it is a primer for most paints and can be used to prime most surfaces to take other colours. It has a certain tooth to it which helps the paint to bind to the surface easily. So whether you are a professional or a newbie or just someone who is trying a DIY to recycle or redecorate, Gesso can be very helpful. 

Most professionals will have a big bottle of Gesso in their arsenal of supplies but if you are just starting out or its a onetime thing that you need to attempt, getting a bottle of Gesso may be expensive proposition, thus I thought this could be a solution for you as you may find all the things you need round the house only...

Supplies
White acrylic paint 
Baby powder or any talcom powder
white glue
water 


All you really need to do is make a paste using all the ingredients above just make sure that the mixture has enough glue and that it does not loose its binding properties, you so not want your paste coming off. This paste can be coloured using acrylic paints like the ones you get in the market. Here i would also like to let you know that does not work like a resist which is the case with clear texture paste.

The process for the texture paste is quite similar only the paste is a lot thicker in consistency than the gesso. For those of you who are not familiar with texture paste here is a little basic info: Its is basically a paste used add texture to a surface and holds shape or form it is applied in very similiar to the ising on a cake. There are various techniques that can be used with texture paste and we will discuss them in a future post if you would all like to know about them but in the mean time i hope you enjoy making this and will share your experience with me in the comments!!!

Hope you have a great crafty time !!!





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