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Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Craft Hints

Here, a recipe for homemade Gesso If you run Out.
Mix One part Talcum Powder to 4 parts water
then adding in PVA glue and mix until your gesso has a pancake batter consistancy.
I made some last year with some left over smelly talc. ideal for practicing techniques.

Shoe polish sponge on sparingly to give paper an aged effect

Olive oil in a shallow dish of water drip in Liquid ink --- Marbling

Dental Floss Resist , Streched tightly across card and sponge with ink, or bind fabric for tye Dying


Cestandrea said...

Jean, these are great, I have to try it some times. Do you think if I use the shoepolish I can still use watercolours? Sometimes I use tea for watercolour paper, but it has to be strong tea:)
have a lovely day

Genie said...

Hi Andrea, Not sure but i would have thought it would act as a resist.

Cestandrea said...

Thanks Jean, yes that's what I thought. Perhaps it could be interesting to use it on parts of the surfaces to be watercoloured!

PS I love the water in your banner, want to dive into it.

Amanda said...

Brilliant recipe for gesso - thank you. I had to leave my pot at Bristol airport recently. I'd carefully removed the shampoo, toothpaste etc but completely forgot my gesso!

Cestandrea said...

Hi, thanks so much for your nice comment on the Zodiac signs, it made me smile, so you are stubborn?;)
Oh yes, I have known stubborn capricorns, I can tell!:)
Have a wonderful day

Into the Blystic said...

I had no idea what gesso was made of! Thanks so much for the great info and tips!namaste elis.

Clevelandgirlie said...

These are really great ideas. I just might try the gesso one.

MargaretR said...

Ooh, I must try that olive oil and ink one Jean!