One of the things I get more questions about is paste and gel mediums. What are they? How do they work? Are they the same as gesso? In my class Field Guide (Which will return in 2013 if you missed it) I discussed them in detail. Today here on my blog I want to give a “gel and paste 101” and really show you how simple they are.
First of all, here’s what you need to know:
GLOSSY gel mediums can act as a sealant, adhesive, and most importantly once dry they resist
MATTE gel mediums can work for collage work, adhesive, sealant, for transfers, etc.
Gesso you should think of as primer, or thin white paint. There’s no magical properties, it isn’t special as far as I can tell. 🙂
PASTE (texture mediums, molding paste, modeling paste, etc) is generally matte finish, and adds texture to your project. It is what I like to refer to as crafty peanut butter. Thick, stands on it’s own, holds shape, GREAT with stencils
ALL of them can be used with acrylic paint, ink, mist, etc to add color or create custom colors.
Apply alone, with your finger, use tools to add texture, on canvas, home decor, mixed media canvases… seriously just play and stop thinking about the right way or how-to. I picked some up one day years ago thought “sounds cool” and have loved molding paste ever since.
Here are some faves as mentioned in the video:
and that’s pretty much all there is to say about that! Shown below: aqua colored molding paste spritzed with pink mist while still wet
If you have questions you’d like to ask me about mist – please feel free in the comment section below or email me directly. I hope this shed some light on some of my absolute staple products!
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