Layered Gesso Background
by Jackie Pedro
Learn how to use gesso to create texture and depth in a layered mixed media background.
- Mixed media paper
- Liquid gesso
- Archival ink (Ranger Archival Ink™ Jet Black used here)
- Acrylic craft paint
- Sponge brushes
- Stencil (My Favorite Things Graduated Hexagons used here)
- Modeling paste
- Craft spatula or other straight-edged tool
- Metallic finish (Viva Decor Inka Gold used here)
- Soft cloth or paper towel
- Stamps and embellishments (My Favorite Things Timeless stamps and dies used here)
Cut a piece of mixed media paper to fit your card front. Cover the surface of the paper with liquid gesso using a sponge brush. Let dry.
Heavy cardstock (110# or more) and watercolor paper will also work well.
Randomly stamp the paper with archival ink. Allow the ink to dry completely before the next step to avoid streaking.
Other water-resistant inks will also work, such as Versafine, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink, or Memento Luxe.
Paint the paper with a light colored acrylic paint. The paint will soften the harshness of the ink while still allowing the images to show through. Let dry.
Paint over random portions of the acrylic paint with liquid gesso using a sponge brush. Let dry.
Randomly apply a metallic finish to the paper with a soft cloth or paper towel, using a circular motion.
Lay a stencil over the paper and apply modeling paste with a craft spatula. Scrape off any excess modeling paste before you remove the stencil. Let dry.
Embellish the card front as desired.