What are the BS Sessions? Well Samantha knows how to work a marker like nobody's business and Becca loves to get messy with mixed media. We both wanted to learn the other person's crafty secrets so we're going to ask one another a question on the last Thursday of the month. Becca will provide you with some amazing Mixed Media techniques and Samantha will show you some tips and tricks about coloring! We'll both provide our followers with a little tutorial, because if we have these questions - our followers might too!
Which brings me to this month's question, asked by Sammy:
What is the difference between gesso and gel medium?
What a great question, huh?
I know I did a canvas a while back and explained some of the differences then, but there is definitely more to add, so I thought I'd give it a go by breaking it down into a nice Pinnable (wink* wink) graphic for you!
These are just some of the uses, and please bear in mind that I use these things primarily for cardmaking/art journaling and not canvas artwork (usually). So the uses I'll be discussing today will geared toward cardmakers and papercrafters.
Since I covered some of these things in an EARLIER TUTORIAL with pictures, I'll dedicate this post to some of the techniques that I didn't delve into.
Now, I want to also point out some things when it comes to the products I'm talking about. I don't care what brand of gesso or gel medium you use (I usually use whatever is on sale). You're gonna get the same results.
But there IS a breakdown in what TYPE of gesso or gel medium you use. For instance, gesso comes in different varieties. I'll be using white gesso, but black gesso is also commonly found. OR if you want a different color gesso, you can color it by using Distress Stains, gelato shavings, and any other tinting medium. (but that's for another day).
Gel mediums are usually clear (but can also be tinted) at they come in glossy (shiny) and matte (not shiny). There is also a breakdown in what TYPE of gel medium you use:
Soft gel - doesn't create much texture, smooth clear
Medium gel - thicker texture, can be used as adhesive
Heavy gel - thickest texture, used to adhere objects (like chipboard)
Ok. Now that those bases are covered, here's two techniques you can try. One with gesso, one with gel medium.
Gesso Technique: Stamping
For this technique, you'll need a paintbrush a stamp that's doesn't have a ton of details, and some wet wipes.
Start by painting a thin layer of gesso over your stamp.
Working quickly to keep the gesso from drying on your stamp, press firmly into the paper, making sure not to wiggle the stamp. (please excuse my messy acrylic block - I'm a real crafter).
IMMEDIATELY after stamping, make certain to go wipe off your stamp. If the gesso dries, it could gum up the details of your stamp and ruin it.
Gel Medium Technique: Sponging Resist
For this technique you will need gel medium, your favorite stencil, baby wipes, a palette knife, sponges, and inks.
Start by using a palette knife to scrape a thin layer of gel medium through your stencil. I am using medium weight gel medium.
After the gel medium is dry, use your favorite inks
to sponge softly over the stenciled pattern.
Lastly, use a baby wipe to wipe off excess ink that remains
on top of the gel medium.
Ooooo pretty! Stay tuned later to see this pretty background made into a card! But for now, make sure you head on over to Sammy's blog, where she is showing you all about how to color fur onto stamped images of animals!
Thanks for tuning in!