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10-30-2000, 04:39 PM
It's the mostest, funest stuff! Does all kinds of neat tricks under watercolor! Wow!
Try it! Hard to control, but that's half the fun -- all the surprises!

10-30-2000, 04:48 PM
Cool! Scribbler. Tell us more. Can you post an image to show us? sandy

10-31-2000, 12:43 AM
Yes, it seems acrylic gesso acts as a semi-resist under watercolor. I like playing with it, too. Here's a 9x12" painting called...

<a href="http://www.bsg-arts.com/RMCAP/nw_012.htm">Ore Sample</a>

The description says acrylic/watercolor/paper, but it's acrylic gesso, actually. The paper is Arches 140# C.P.

Ron Marshall (http://bsg-arts.com/jump.htm)

10-31-2000, 10:00 PM
Cool, Ron! Nice picture. Great texture.
That's what I like the most about gesso. Sometimes after the paint dries, I like to go back and dab at it with a wet brush. Other times I just use it under specific areas of the painting, not the whole paper.
I've also noticed that applying it thicker and letting brushstrokes show gives the watercolor a great look too. You can also put it on in almost a dry-brush way and let some of the paper show through. Those areas, of course, will absorb the paint and create even more interesting surface effects.
Was doing an orange half the other day and used it just under where the pulp was so I could easily lift off the paint for highlights.

10-31-2000, 10:01 PM
Malarky, no scanner yet! :-(
All I can post are pre-gesso pics on my agent's website.

11-01-2000, 01:48 AM
I sometimes pour acrylic gesso (Liquitex&reg http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif straight from the bottle onto the paper, let it set for 30 minutes until it has a little body, and then use various instruments to texture it. On deals like this, I usually go over it with more acrylics after it dries. And sometimes oils applied with a rag. A.G. has lots of uses.

Ron Marshall (http://bsg-arts.com/jump.htm)

11-01-2000, 06:39 AM
It happens I am expecting an order to arrive shortly...includes a supply of gesso. I had no idea however it could be used in so many ways! Looks like I am in for some new fun.
Thanks for posting all these ideas! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

11-01-2000, 02:36 PM
I like the idea of pouring it on and using tools to make textures! Thanks, Ron! Will have to give that one a try!