Art Journal Gesso | Art Journal Background Ideas


Gesso is a supply that I think is often overlooked or only thought of as a basic prepping supply. But that is really doing this amazing medium a big disservice. I love to use gesso in lots of different ways in my art journals and I am sharing a really great background idea with you here in this video.

  Gesso is a supply that I think is often overlooked or only thought of as a basic prepping supply. But that is really doing this amazing medium a big disservice. I love to use gesso in lots of different ways in my art journals and I am sharing a really great background idea with you here in this video.

Let's create a resist

In this tutorial I’m still using gesso as an under layer on my page but instead of covering the entire page I’m applying it in patches. This means that the gesso is going to act as a resist on your background, kind of like when you draw in a wax pencil and then go over the top with a watercolor.

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Gesso is one of those things that I reach for again and again when I am working in my mixed media journals. Not only do I use it as a base layer but I will use it to push colors back if I find them too bright or to unify the whole spread. I also use it as a white paint because why the heck not? It’s always on my table within reach!

Gold is next to try!

Have you guys tried out some black gesso yet? Oh my I am so in love with it! It’s definitely my go to black the matte finish you get from it is just gorgeous! Gold gesso is next on my list of things to try out for sure! Just need to save up the pennies first! Let me know if you’ve ever worked with the gold, I’m curious to see how it compares to the regular white and the black!

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