Time for me to jump in on another GPP Street Team challenge. This month's challenge is to play with gesso, always fun.
For the piece below, I coated a carved stamp with gesso and stamped it onto 90 lb watercolor paper. A happy accident happened when the gesso picked up the ink that was on the stamp from MONTHS ago. So I have a pinkish gesso rose.
I then layered two colors of acrylic paint and "wiped" it to reveal the gesso as a resist. The watercolor paper did not stand up well to my abuse, but it was an interesting exercise anyway.
Next (below), I coated a piece of watercolor paper with a thick layer of gesso, and then used another hand-carved stamp to *lift* gesso from the page. I then applied a layer of neon pink paint and wiped again to reveal the indents that the stamp made on the surface.
I applied another color, doing the same, then let it dry. Then I took the same stamp and stamped with gesso over the background, so the same design element was showing up as both an "indent" and a resist.
Below I painted some circles and lines, then brushed a layer of gesso over it, spritzed with water, and wiped.
Below, I did the "lift-the-gesso-with-the-stamp" thing (lower) and the gesso as a resist (upper), but instead of using acrylic paint I used Windsor & Newton scarlet india ink as a wash, then wiped. I didn't get the contrast I got with the acrylic paint on the lower one, so on the upper one I mixed the ink and acrylic paint and got a better result. Maybe the low-contrast one is interesting anyway :)
An itty-bitty party dress just for fun.