Americana Premium Acrylic Medium Paint Tube 2.5oz White Gesso

These new artist colors, metallics and mediums are perfect for the intermediate level artist. The paints are medium bodied with a satin sheen that provide excellent coverage. They are light-fast and heavily pigmented. They may be used alone or with mediums. Water based and non-toxic. May be used on wood, canvas, terra cotta, paper, unglazed ceramic and styrofoam.

Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Gesso 8.5oz White

Prima Marketing-Art Basics Heavy Gesso. White, opaque, matte and ground acrylic! Works well on canvas, wood, paper, metal, chipboard, fabric, plastic and more! Dries quickly. Works well for a variety of color products providing a smooth, non-yellowing, chalky background. Gesso is water-based, but permanent and flexible after drying. Will mix with pigments, or acrylic paints, to create a range of customized, colored grounds. This package contains one 8.5oz jar of heavy gesso. Archival safe. Non-toxic. Conforms to ASTM D4236. Imported.

White acrylic paste “Gesso”

White “Gesso” coating based on aqueous acrylic dispersion and titanium whitewash, intended for priming canvas, fabric, cardboard, papier mâché, polystyrene, wooden surfaces, DVP for oil, acrylic, tempera, gouache, spray paints, water-soluble and alcohol-inks . Before use, “Gesso” thoroughly mix, if necessary, diluted with water. Apply with a brush, palette knife or roller. After complete drying, the surface can be sanded. Paste consumption of approximately 100g per 1m2.


  • Apply at a temperature not lower than +5 degrees C.
  • Store in tightly closed containers at a temperature not lower than + 5C.
  • After contact with skin, rinse with warm water and soap.
  • Tools, containers and workplace after the end of the process, wash with warm water until the soil dries.
  • For children over 14 years old.
  • Volume: 150 ml.

Snowy Wintery Layout – Grace

I’m here this week with my last project with my November kit. I created this very wintery and snowy layout featuring my cat in the snow.


Using AB Studio Secret Wood, I chose this snowy paper, but added a light layer of white gesso over a large area in the middle so the pattern would be toned down for where I added my photo and embellishments.

I added stencilling with Prima Paper Paste and an AB Studio Stencil, then snowflake stencilling with embellishment mousse. Then I added splatters of watered down gesso, and watered down Fabrika Decoru Metallic Silver Paint.


I used lots of ripped pieces of patterned paper, and a scrap of tulle to back my photo, going round the edges of everything with Distress Oxide in Tumbled Glass. The embellishments are a mix of fussy cut flowers from the AB paper pack, painted with silver watercolour, and some snowflake ephemera from my stash. The words are from the Time Holtz Christmas Clippings.

I finished with adhesive pearls and Nuvo drops in three silver/white colours, then added my title of ‘nope’ (because that is what it looks like my cat is saying to the snow!). The alphas I used were quite a strong blue and weren’t quite right for the layout, so I stippled a light layer of white gesso over them to tone the colour down and also add a snowy effect.


To see the full process, you can watch my YouTube video here.


Grace ❤

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The presence of wonder

Hi Lou here again. Today I really wanted to show how wonderful stamps can look on our work.  I really wanted the stamps to sing so decided to keep a monchromatic theme of black, white and red.

I chose sheet 2 from the AB Studio Diary paper set. using my silicone brush, i brushed and stippled on white gesso to add some coverage and texture to my page

I next chose 3 stamp sets – AALL and Create #27, Finnabair checkered texts, and AB Studio ID-57 and used Versafine Clair black and added stamping in vertical and horizontal directions.

I gave this a quick heat with a heat gun but not carefully so as to leave some areas a bit wet still for my next step in mind. I took a further stamp, Messy, and Tim Holtz embossing ink, and added more stamping. Over this I added a black glitter embossing powder. This stuck also to some of the previous stamping that was still wet. This gave some great texture and 2 variants of stamping.

The die cuts I wanted to add were red in tone so I wanted to colour over the gesso. I chose a red tone of magic paint from Fabrika Decoru.

These are wonderful paints with colour and metallic shimmer. You simple sprinkle on and spray with water. For a bit  different look and a bit more vibrancy, I added flicks of oxide ink in worn lipstick.

Next, I chose some small photos and matted them with papers from the same range. I distressed the papers and added to the photo using foam tape.

I now wanted to add some simple, but very effective decoration to my page. i decided to die cut some tags from the same range and a large butterfly from the white butterfly sheet from AB Studio. The Butterfly was added on 2 layers of chipboard to really make it stand out from the page.

To finish, I added a simple Tim Holtz word sticker onto foam dots.

Here are some close up shots for you.

Steampunk Tag

Hi it’s Lou here. Today I fancied doing a favourite theme of mine, steampunk.

I began by adding a crackle effect to my Woodouts tag.

To do this, I began by coating the tag in a layer of white gesso. Next you add a layer of paint. This layer can be any type of acrylic paint. I choose a brown impasto paint.

Next is the crackle glaze. I used one from Fabrika Decoru. The thicker you apply it the wider and larger the crackle. Thinner will lead to smaller, finer crackle. Don’t put on too thick or it won’t dry properly. To allow for the most effective crackles, let it dry naturally.

Once this is dry, you now need to apply a 2nd coat of acrylic. This must not be metallic or it will not crackle and try to paint in one direction and not to keep going over the area so that it can work best or you will prevent the crackles. Aim for one swift brush stoke in one direction. Leave this to dry naturally until you have the desired crackles then you can finish the drying with a heat gun. I chose linen impasto paint for my 2nd layer to contrast the darker 1st coat.

Next I wanted to really work on the colours and make an interesting back ground. I built up different layers of paint using deco art media fluids in burnt umber and raw sienna, finnabair sparks in raven and fabrika decoru metallic paint in peach. 

I contrasted matte and metallic paints and light and dark colours to give a look of depth.


My tag was now ready for assembly. I fussy cut element from AB Studio Steampunk Love sheet. To match the colours better to my tag, I smushed some oxide inks in gathered twigs and forest moss onto my mat and applied to the die cuts with a baby wipe and dried them. I added to my tag at different height by using scraps of chipboard and Fabrika Decoru 3D gel 

I wanted to add a bit more texture and interest. I used the 3D gel again and sprinkled some micro beads around areas of the die cuts. The gel will dry clear so don’t worry if you can see parts of it still.

To finish, I always like to add a title or phrase to my work. I backed some prima word stickers onto some tim holtz paper. I left a wider border, cut them out and mounted onto foam an added to my tag.

And with that, my tag was complete. Here are some close ups.

Christmas Tag

Lorna here with my first christmas mixed media project for this year
firstly i gessoed my MDF tag with white gesso and when dry, I used the tree stencil and clear 3D gel with glitter through the stencil to create my back ground. I quickly gave that a dry and then played with the oxide ink sprays by spraying water and moving the ink around to add the colour to my back ground and again I dried it .
From the Mintay Papers pad, Home for Christmas I did some fussy cutting from the element sheet. I used 3d foam pads and  the 3D gel medium to add my cut pieces with some height .
I added my chipboard title from Tim Holtz again using the 3d foam pads and 3D gel medium to fix in place.
lastly i covered my titles and using the white gesso mixed with water, I splattered a little.
I finished the tag with a pretty ribbon.
Here are some close ups.

Recycling Halloween into Winter/Christmas

Hi everyone it’s Louise here with what I hope you will find a useful and cost saving activity.

A lot of you, especially after the recent Halloween season, will have some decorative items that you may want to clear out. I had this Halloween sign that I picked up from a poundshop that after the event, I wasn’t sure whether or not to keep. I had a think and decided why not upcycle it and make something for the winter season.

I began by coating the sign in 2 coats of Prima white gesso. It’s important to do thin layers and dry and repeat as necessary rather than try to do one thick coat as you’ll more than likely find it doesn’t dry properly and will cause problems later when you want to add things on top. I decided on 2 coats to help cover the slippery and dark surface.

Next, I wanted to start adding some interest and texture. I took our exclusive winter stencils and my favourite Fabrika Decoru texture paste and added pattern to each of the parts of the sign. I also use a palette knife and the paste to create the effect of snow by patting it onto the sign with the knife flat. I love this paste as it really holds shape well and rises as you dry it. Also, I find it drys very quick compared to some others I have used.

This created a great start for my piece and now I wanted to build a bit more dimension and great interest. I took a selection of metals, chipboards and moulded pieces from my stash and used Fabrika Decoru 3D gel to stick them to the sign. The moulded stars were made previously using Prima Marketing modelling material

and stars and moon mould

Some of the pieces weren’t the right colour or the surfaces too slippy to be add water based mediums too so I then gave these a light coat of the same white gesso

Now my piece was ready for the fun stage – colour. I chose 3 winter colours of my beloved Prima Marketing impasto paints. I decided to create an ombre sort of effect. I achieved this by watering down the white paint and adding all over the sign. I then gradually added the jade colour and at the very end worked in the cobalt. These are 2 of my favourite shades.

Impasto paint has a matte finish which I think i wonderful, but for a bit of added interest, I decided to introduce a touch of metallic paint using Prima Marketing Sparks paint in Unicorn Hair. This is a soft silver/gold colour adding a nice highlight to the texture on my piece.

I continued this principle by adding a soft metallic lilac wax colour over the textured parts of my work, particularly the stencilling. This really helps to pick out any details that may seem a bit lost under the layers and bring them to the forefront again. This product is in the colour Heather Hills

Now I needed to create a focal point for my work. I used the same wax on our exclusive winter chipboard bauble piece. I didn’t add gesso first as I wanted a rustic look. I stuck this to the piece this time with Prima 3d gel as its super thick. On top of this  I added a Tim Holtz vintage ephemera winter scene and for a title his chipboard winter title. I added a little of the same wax to the title and photo to bring the piece altogether.

And with that, my piece was finished. Here it is hanging and some close ups.

I really enjoyed making this piece and I think it just shows you can easily recycled things and can incorporate less expensive materials in our work to bring a good cost balance. Why not give something like this a try for yourself.