Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Give textures using Gesso and a Tutorial!

Hello lovely ladies!!

                          A very good day to you all!! Saumya has set an interesting challenge this month - Nail it down with textures.. At first I felt, it was out of my comfort zone.And believe me I had super fun!! This time not only the challenge, I even wanted to try projects different from my usual style. So , I tried all pastels and shabby chics.. Guys, gimme ur feedback, should I try more of this style? or do you want to stop me at this ;)

                      Ok, coming to the main topic of discussion, Each one of our DT members will be discussing about each texturing mediums in market. And I am looking forward to it,like you all are :). I am here to talk about Gesso and texture paste. 

                    Had been experimenting with Gesso, for the past few days and I think, I had learnt a little.Feel free to leave a comment, if u have any doubts.Will get back to u as soon as I can.

What is Gesso?
          Gesso is basically a primer used by artists. They are mixture of binders, chalk powder and white pigments.They are used in the base preparation,to smoothen surfaces, before an artist begins his work.

          With the invent of mixed media canvases in scrapbooks, gesso has become one of the inevitable items for it.

What is Texture paste?

             Texture pastes/Modelling pastes/Molding pastes are used to create stronger or more defined shape than is possible with Gesso.Thin coat of them, can also be used to prime surfaces.Their composition is similar to gesso , except that it has more plasters.

 Texture Paste
Applying a layer of gesso is like a plaster
Texture paste is thick, with more sculptured effect.
Cannot embed anything in Gesso
Can embed items with Pastes

      Since they are made of chalk, they do not resist paints or inks.Instead absorb them and show lighter color. Here are some of the techniques possible with Gesso.

1.Gesso with the stencil
2.Stamping with Gesso
3.Stamping/Stenciling on Gesso
4.Using Acrylic paints,distress inks, distress stains, Distress paints on Gesso
5. Mixing gesso with water based colors to get the desired color gesso

I made a shadow box frame and tried the first 4 techniques.Here is how the frame looks like.

A close up of stenciled Gesso and stamping with Gesso

 A close up of Stamping on Gesso and distressing over it

Another close up

Supplies used

Kaisercraft True Romance Die cut speciality paper
Sakura Gesso
Lindy's Mist
TCW solace 
Hero arts  Leafy vines stamp
Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden stamp
Spellbinders Detailed Scallops die
Cheery Lynn Lamp post Die
Darice Miniature Bench
Distress ink Spun sugar, Dusty concord, peacock feathers
Crafts too Mini Fans Embossing folder
75 cents collectibles
Antique Bronze charms

The frame, burlap behind, laces and flowers are from stash. If you want to order these 12*12 frames, pls contact me.


           While playing with gesso , I  stumbled upon this technique. It was super fun experimenting. Dont have a name for this tech.

Supplies used
Glassy paper
Darice Embossing folder
Sakura Gesso
Lindy's Mist
Sanding block

Take a  glassy paper and emboss it using embossing folder.

Apply a thin coat of Gesso using Brush. Remember it should be thin. If you give a thick layer, the mists create a different texture on top of this paper. :)

Spray Lindys Mist over the paper and let it dry. Man!! I love that glimmer!

Now take a sanding block or nail filer and sand over the surface. The top layer of gesso gets removed and shows the glassy paper underneath.

The finished card looks like this :) But my camera is not brilliant enough to capture the shimmer on the cardstock or may be I am not! :P. Looks beautiful in reality!

     I found this blog, that shared so many ways to create textures using Gesso and paste. Saved it for my future experimentations.. Now sharing it with you all.              

Do share your views and write to us on how we can improve the contents of this blog, what are your expectations from us.

Thanks for visiting!


  1. oh nice post ! I love playing with gesso but never ventured into the tutorial u have given , I think i will give it a go sometime :)

  2. Oh.. All this is new to me. Thanks for sharing Priya! I love the Shadow Box, so yes try a lot more Shabby Chic :)

    I have never tried mixed media, and you know I already spent a lot this month ;)

    why are you tempting me??!! ;)

  3. totally love it.. :P oh the shortage of funds !

  4. Wow... Priya ... This is stunning... Thanks for sharing... :-)

  5. ohh woow Priya...the shadow box is awesome...and your work and experiment with Gesso is fabulous....and you should not stop at this....please experiment more and more and cont to do projects in textures......

  6. loved the tuto....very helpful all beginners..:)U alwz inspire us with ur work :) kudos...

  7. Wow!!
    Loved ur shadow box Priya....keep inspiring us with ur lovely work :)

  8. Wonderful and informative post. Loved the layout..

  9. Very pretty, love the cool soft colors.

  10. Awesome tutorial and information and so useful for people just dabbling into mixed media type of work.You are so talented and am so glad that we are getting to see your work now.Please experiment more and do not stop!

  11. Wow!! I loved your shadow box and card ..I am just getting into mixed media so I really appreciate the tutorial you have shared here Priya ..Thank you for all the tips regarding the different mediums ..Your card has turned out so pretty as well :)

  12. This looks awesome.... I have to lay my hands on some gesso.. it seems mixed media is the flavor of the season...!!

  13. Lovely shadow box and thanks for those tips...

  14. I m new to this field n enjoyed your tutorial a lot
    Thanks a ton Priya ji

  15. I m new to this field n enjoyed your tutorial a lot
    Thanks a ton Priya ji


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