More recently I have stumbled accross the wonderful work of Rosemary at Villabarnes and been intrigued to see that she paints with gesso, which is now thankfully readymade and acrylic. (Perhaps it was back then but I was shopping in the wrong place!)
It seems to work well on heavily textured or carved items. She doesn't just use it on frames though. She used it on this bedside table...
And even on fabric flowers!
I was so taken with this look that I had to have a go.
On my wall I had this old picture...
Then I painted it in white acrylic gesso (it also comes in grey and black.)
|£3.99 from the art shop|
The whole thing came back to life and I love it!
What do you think? I know mine turned out nothing like Rosemarys! I like it, but I liked it before too. I'm going to play around some more with gesso! Next time I'll have to paint it on something I'm not so keen on.
If you pop over to Villabarnes there are lots of tutorials with gesso and you can see Rosemarys lovely work.
Next up for the gesso treatment?