Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #608 February 28th 2018
Dappled Watercolor Background  
New guest tutorial author Beth Rush shares a fun watercolor technique that's perfect for skies!
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Watercolor medium or dye based ink
  • Glitter brush pen
  • Watercolor paper
  • Masking tape
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Ann asks: "Can you please tell me what the difference is between Gesso and Gel Medium?"
    A: Think of gesso like a paint primer - it seals a surface to prepare it for painting, and has an added texture that helps paint stick. You'll find it in clear, white, and black, and it can be mixed with acrylic paint to create custom colors as well. Gel medium can be used in a lot of different ways, and there are many different kinds of gel medium used for different purposes. I keep matte gel medium on hand to use as an adhesive in layered collage or mixed media work - you can put it under and over layers, and it isn't noticeable when it dries. You can spread it through a stencil and apply glitter for a fun effect. It can change the consistency or glossiness of acrylic paint. It can even be used for some great transfer effects - I will work on a tutorial for that soon!
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Martha has a tip for the Bargello technique: "I have done this technique using Avery full label sticker sheets to adhere the strips. Saves having to glue strips."

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