Monday, January 15, 2007




Gesso Experiments

I saw this technique on WetCanvas. The process is to sketch and then mask the sketch. Apply gesso and texturize it. On the Christmas Cactus, I sketched the blossom and leaves and then masked them. A light coat of gesso was applied to the background and using a 1" flat brush, I brushed in a cross-hatch pattern. The gesso was allowed to thoroughly dry. The background watercolors were applied and allowed to dry. The mask was removed and the blossom and leaves were painted. I didn't think the textured gesso was as prominent as I wanted so decided that two coats of gesso would work better. On the grass with yellow flowers I sketched the flowers and then masked them. I applied two coats of gesso, combing each coat with a plastic hair comb with the intent to have the texture look like grass. The sky was then painted (and here is where I goofed -- too dark on the blue and it wouldn't lift very well). I removed the masking and painted the flowers and leaves. I like the gesso on this one - it turned out just as I wanted. This is a fun technique!

6 comments:

Lin said...

OH YES, BRENDA!!! I LIKE THE TOP ONE-- BUT THAT GRASS IS DEFINITELY GLORIOUS!!1 FANTASTIC JOB, CARA!!! BRAVA FOR ALL YOUR CHALLENING NEW THINGS AND MASTERING THEM!! THIS IS A KEEPER!!

Teri C said...

Wow Brenda, this is my favorite of all you have done. Gorgeous!

Just Crazy About Dogs said...

Isn't experimenting neat Brenda? You did a wonderful job of capturing the grass with the texture. I would of never thought to use gesso to get such a wonderful effect.

Emma Pod said...

Hi Brenda, I like your paintings! Thanks for visiting my blog recently. It's fun to get connected with folks who like to be creative. I'm just starting to dabble with watercolors, so I have alot to learn. It looks like you've been doing it for awhile. I'm not sure what gesso is, but assume it's a texturizing medium?

Sioux said...

I really like it...especially the sky in the yellow flower one. I see the rain storm coming up over the Texas plain...beautiful (whether it's Texas or elsewhere).

Felicity said...

I'll have to Google gesso! The top painting is especially lovely so it obviously suits you to use it. Nice composition and shading.