My art is a reflection of my inner landscape. I let my heart and my soul direct my brush and I fill my paintings and creations with love. I am guided and inspired by Spirit, Nature and Mother Earth and all the beauty and colour that surrounds us every day!!!

I hope you enjoy your journey through my blog as I have enjoyed each creation.
With love and light, Belinda

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gesso & Texture Paste

Gesso or texture paste is such wonderful stuff to create your texture with. Its an acrylic medium that is alot thicker than paint and it dosent shrink as much. You can just use it as your texture coat or you can put it over other textural techniques to blend your layers together and create your painting surface.

You can apply gesso with;
  • Brushes

  • Fingers

  • Spatulas

  • Forks

  • Corrugated card

You could try anything and see what sort of effect you get, there are no rules. After applying the gesso you can then smear it around or scratch into it or add some sand or rice or even scratch words into it before you leave it to dry.

I basically create my whole painting in the textural layer. It gives the work so much more depth when I go to apply colour and opens up endless possibilities, its so much easier and more effective than working with a completely flat surface.


  1. great tip - I will be trying this!!


  2. Belinda I can't wait to try this! I've never used gesso before. I found this blog after doing a Google image search for gesso and your 10 samples caught my eye. Beautiful colors, great textures.

  3. how do u use u put the paint first then the sand and then the gesso or the other way around