Gesso Resist

by Lydia Fiedler

Use Gesso over magazine pages to create a wonderful resist look.


  • Gesso

  • Foam Brush

  • VersaMark™

  • Clear Embossing Powder

  • Heat Gun

  • Silhouette Stamps

  • Two or three coordinating ink colors

  • Sponges

  • Cardstock

  • Magazine

  • Punch

  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Apply gesso to the magazine page with a foam brush. Pour it directly onto the page and apply with the brush for best results.

    Apply several layers until it is slightly opaque. Allow to dry completely. Do not use heat gun.

  2. The paper will be slightly wrinkled - this is normal.

  3. Step 2

    Stamp a silhouette style image onto the gessoed magazine page with Versamark ink, apply clear embossing powder, and emboss with the heat gun.

  4. Step 3

    Using a sponge, apply the lightest color of ink over the embossed area.

  5. Step 4

    Sponge the second color of ink over the image.

  6. Step 5

    Sponge the darkest ink over the image last.

  7. Step 6

    To intensify the color near the flowers, use a blender pen and the darkest color ink to color directly near each flower and stem.

  8. Step 7

    Finish your card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Gesso Resist. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Superbe idée et le résultat est magnifique !!!
nicole  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 10:52 AM
wow cool idea now i know what to do now for bi rthday card's thank's smile)
Roberta  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 10:58 AM
I was looking at today's inkling and was wondering what Gesso is, and where can I find it?

Thank you,

Vicky Holmes
Vicky Holmes  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 11:07 AM
Thanks for another way to use gesso. I've tried another technique from "Take Ten" Spring 2006 using gesso & wanted more ideas.
Judi  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 11:20 AM
Hi, How long does it take for the Gesso to dry before I can stamp on it? And what type of gesso should I purchase for this project (glossy or matte)? i have a jar of clear matte, but I see you have a bottle. Is one more liquid than the other? Thanks!
yvonne  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 11:33 AM
are you sure you are talking Gesso and not ModPodge. Gesso normally is not clear. and normally does not have a gloss or matte option. I've seen tinted gesso.

Gesso dries pretty quickly...
leslierahye  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 11:38 AM
lol! Found Clear Gesso! What will they think of next. ANYWHO! The technique calls for an opacity so I would say you would want the normal white gesso...regular grade. The thicker gesso would probably take longer to dry. smile
leslierahye  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 12:12 PM
Love the idea, guess I had better stop giving away my magazines after I read them. TFS Have a great day. Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne
Lynne  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 12:39 PM
Love the card, great idea, Guess I had better stop giving away my magazines after I finish reading them eh? TFS Have a great day, Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne
Lynne  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 12:44 PM
Great idea!!! After cleaning up my craftroom I found two big bottles of gesso.
Lisa Itatani  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 1:11 PM
I'm confused on the gesso - I thought white gesso is opaque. If yes, how can you see the magazine lettering under the gesso?
Karen Bixler  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 1:50 PM
Hi ladies! Thanks for all the kind words!!

It can be used on slick or matte paper - you use it on matte paper to create opacity. This isn't gesso resist so I can't post it in that same gallery, but I used it here to tone down the DSP.

You can buy it at any art stores or hobby stores and my favorite brands are Golden and Bob Ross.

It dries VERY fast - I'm an instant gratification girl.
Lydia  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 3:06 PM
Great! I love that your recycling too!
Patsy  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 3:49 PM
Amazing technique, amazing tutorial, amazing you! I'm going to go try this right now!
Donna  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 4:18 PM
I love all the creative ides that we as a community all come up with.
I will have to buy some Gesso and try using some paper from my many craft magazines. Match a picture or part of an article that goes with my stamps. What an awesome technique!
Linn Custom Creations  |  Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 11:20 PM
WOW I gotta try this one and even have the same stamp!
Arubabev  |  Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 4:39 AM
Would this work with a page from a normal book or does it need to be shiny paper?
Kathleen  |  Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 6:07 AM
Thank you for that really great tutorial and sample. I am really excited to try this. Can't praise scs and all the contributors for all the wonderful "things" that are offered on this site. Hugs to everyone.
Marie--evie on scs  |  Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 8:01 AM
Where can you buy Gesso? Love the card & the effect. Thanks for the Lesson.
Routerx  |  Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 11:10 AM
You can buy gesso at Michaels or any place that sells artists supplies.
Linda  |  Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM

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