Here’s what the technique looks like close up. It’s hard to see in the following step-by-step pictures I took, so I wanted to make sure you could get a good look at the craggy surface you end up with. It’s great!
1. Draw lines, patterns, or use large stamps with white gesso on a piece of white card stock. Let it dry completely.
2. Paint the entire surface with a light colored acrylic glaze. I used Lumiere’s citrine. Before the glaze dries, wipe it off lightly with paper towels. See how the gesso acts as a resist, but not completely! That’s what you want…don’t scrub it all off.
3. Sponge on additional acrylic glazes (don’t apply solidly), and wipe off the excess of each one. I used Lumiere’s olive green.
4. If you want even more texture, you can allow the piece to dry thoroughly and then apply more gesso stamps to the surface. Repeat the painting process again…as many times as you wish!
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