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.

I tried this technique and absolutely love it. But I was wondering if there is a finishing step I'm missing because even after everything is dry I keep leaving my fingerprints on the paper in the ink. Does it need heat set after inking?
Shelly  |  Mon Apr 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM
Hi Shelly! Are you using matte gesso? Gloss gesso will make it so the ink never dries, so you might get fingerprints. Also - I always dry my projects with my heat gun before assembling. HTH
lydia  |  Mon Apr 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM
I'm using the matte white gesso and let it dry overnight before inking. I'll try using the heat gun after inking and see if that helps.
Shelly  |  Mon Apr 1, 2013 at 7:38 PM
Thanks Lydia---very useful vid....great video style! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 10:18 AM
nice one thanks for sharing
Lee Gysberts  |  Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 7:48 PM

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