Gesso Fun

I am often inspired by other artists and try to discover how they created that wonderful “thing.”  In some cases you can look and discover, other times it is trial and error, and sometimes you are lucky enough that they have are willing to teach you.

In the theme of discovering gesso, I have been thinking about not only adding color to gesso but texture as well.  The more attention to detail I can add at the beginning takes my paintings that one step further.  I was reading the Blog Art and Cupcakes and ran across this great post:  Fun with Gesso – Color Love #27

There are three great techniques highlighted in this Blog that I recommend trying:  “Thin application of Gesso with a Stencil,” “Thick application of Gesso With a Stencil” and “Paintbrush Application of Gesso.”

Thanks to Art and Cupcakes for sharing!!

Adding Color to Gesso

Mix some of you acrylic paint into your gesso and never have to worry about a white canvas again!

This trick works wonders and there are several companies that make colored gesso if you don’t want to mix uisng your paints, like Holbein Acryla.  And if you like the color, try the black gesso!  It really adds contrast to your paintings.

Holbein Acryla Colored Gesso
Holbein Acryla Colored Gesso

What Inspires You and Me?

Inspiration is such a important part of why we create. It is so exciting to find inspiration in a piece of paper, a word or an experience. That spark that gets you working on a new project or helps you finish a longtime challenge is such a wonderful welcome. Even certain people can start your mind working faster than you can write everything down.

I work, sometimes tirelessly, to discover processes to steer me clear of a creative block. At times I wish I had someone to give me the answers, but that might have taken some of the fun out of it. And a good thing too because my imagination and creativity has become part of the process of making my art.

Here are a couple tips to get your creativity started:

Keep your mind open. Always keep your eyes and your mind open to discover the things that inspire you. You never really know where you might find something interesting.

Keep a visual journal. Try saving clippings, notes, and images that inspire you and keep them together in a journal or a box. Just reviewing your stash of goodies may start your mind wandering. You can even rearrange items as if creating layers in your work. Or think about saving them on your mobile device.

Always be prepared. Notes or messages to yourself can sometimes be a great tool, so keep a pencil and paper or your mobile device nearby to write them down.

If you put the pieces together from the above tips you might see the trend and the start of a process that may work for you. It is a start to a simple process, things that you can do even if you work a full time job and a life outside of art. After discovering what gets you going the next step is to start making appointments with yourself to allow time to create.

I hope I can help inspire your own creativity by sharing these bits of goodness, and by sharing information about people that inspire me.

-Amanda Krauss, Avian Artist

Amanda in the Studio Working in the Studio