Today we're looking at gesso and molding or modeling/texture paste.
Gesso is defined as a hard compound of plaster of Paris or whiting in glue, used in sculpture or as a base for gilding or painting on wood.
Molding/modeling/texture paste is thicker and adds body to paint to create 3D texture. You can create a more distinct shape.
I'm sure there is a huge difference between the two products, but to me, they are both white and gooey. Gesso is thinner and dries smoother. Molding or modeling paste (name depends on the company that makes it) is thick like toothpaste and has a velvety texture when dry. Although both can give you dimension, molding/modeling/texture paste is a little easier to get the 3D effect.
First we'll look at gesso. Here are a couple examples from Ronda to show both smooth and 3D from gesso:
To get the colored gesso, she misted the wet product with a spray ink, then some walnut ink.
To get the dimension, she applied a thick layer of gesso to a stencil.
I added a thick layer of gesso to a blank canvas, gesso is sticky like glue and so I embedded a bunch of these chipboard numbers into the surface of the gesso. Those numbers are not going anywhere. I wanted texture, so I kept the surface bumpy. It dried and looks kind of like a frosted cake.
This layout was an exercise in "Let's see what happens." I wanted to print my journaling, but the paper had text on it, so I spread a thin layer of gesso on it, stamped a grid background stamp randomly on the still wet gesso and let it dry. Cool texture! Once it was dry, I ran it through my large format printer and yay! It worked!
Diane used gesso as a glue here, she added a thick glop of it and covered it with sand to add some texture and ambiance to her mini album about her St. John vacation. With its glue-like ability, gesso is perfect for this sort of technique.
And Alexandra used a stencil and gesso for her mini album, this time creating a textured background instead of the main accent.
Molding/modeling/texture paste is next on my list of "Need to Try," but here's an example from Ronda. She added a layer of paste (colored with mist) for matting her photo and then added some german glitter glass before it dried. Paste is also glue-like, making it easy to embed embellishments into it.
We'll finish off with a lovely example of molding/modeling/texture paste from Paula. She mixed the paste with paint then applied it to her cardstock, using the negative space chipboard from an old alphabet. Another example of "Let's see what happens." Pretty cool, don't you think?