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« on: June 03, 2012 07:45:56 AM »

So I have been experimenting with gesso as suggested in an ATC book.  However I can never seem to get mine thing enough or see through enough for what I want to do.  I am laying over magazine images and then painting, collaging etc to enhance certain elements, but if I can't see through the gesso it doesn't work so good.  Ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2012 10:01:03 AM »

Are you using clear gesso or white?


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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2012 12:09:30 PM »

not labeled but I would say white, I guess I didn't know there was clear!  Is there anything I can do with the white to thin it out?

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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2012 05:58:24 PM »

There is such a thing as clear gesso. I've never used it but I seem to be seeing it used more and more and I'm tempted to get some. As for the white gesso...i usually thin it down with water and use it over paper to tone down the colors. It gives it a kind of milky, transparent look. I use it a lot. I like the look of it. Fool around with mixing it with water. I love the results.

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