Monday, March 9, 2009

Hot Gesso, Baby!

On Saturday, I took at class at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in SW Portland. The class was officially called Creating a Clay Gesso Ground for Panels, but the handout provided by artist and teacher Georgiana Nehl simply said: Rabbit Skin Glue -- Hot Gesso.

Here's my space at the table, all neat and tidy, my birch panels ready to be transformed.

Then the cookin' began! To rabbit skin glue, Georgiana added calcium carbonate.

It was quite a process.

My gessoed panels:

We even gessoed paper for a neat finished effect.

Then we sanded:

And finally started adding color.

Over the color we added a layer of wax, then began inscribing and coloring some more.

Georgiana doesn't like having her picture taken, but consented to a photo.


Debrah Spencer said...

Hi Dayna - I would like to post a link to your blog on twitter. Is that okay with you?
Best regards,

Dayna Collins said...

Debrah, I guess that would be fine. I'm on Facebook, but I'm a Twitter virgin and no nothing about it!

gl. said...

what did you think of the surface? would you ever go through that process again?

Dayna Collins said...

Gretchin, oh yes, I would definitely do the process again and I have been gathering the supplies to do it at home. I learned how to make hot gesso last year at Sitka and I wanted to do more more more!

Destree said...

I'm still not sure about the "rabbit" looks really cool, but sounds a bit yucky ha ha