Okay, so posted all over the internet are videos and tutorials and techniques all abusing (that’s my word for “overusing”) white gesso. I use white gesso as much as they do, quite honestly, but figured we should spend a moment talking about black gesso.
Black gesso is awesome because it gives you a good, dark base layer while sealing your paper and allowing you to add oodles and oodles of paints, paper, more gesso, and anything else you want, just like…white gesso! So, now you know you can treat black gesso just like white gesso, but there’s an AWESOME technique I had to share courtesy of my good friend!
Lay down a good thick layer of black gesso on canvas, scrapbook page, or art journal page(s) and allow to dry. Then, add white gesso through a stencil over the black gesso, stamp with a good quality rubber stamp using white gesso, or just smear some white gesso over the top of the black. Once both layers of gesso are completely dry, use either distress ink or Dylusions Ink Sprays or any other vibrant colors you choose to stain the white gesso while leaving the black gesso untouched. You’ll want to use a water-based dye that will stain the white gesso but not the black. Distress Ink and Dylusions Ink Sprays are perfect for this!
What you’ll get is a wonderful vibrant color on top of your dark background. If you use Dylusions Ink Sprays, you will get an almost neon effect, which is so awesome since I’m blogging to you from Sin City! Try adding some black gesso into your life. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Pssssst-one more thing! Mix white and black gesso to get different shades of gray gesso!
Now, go create something!