Then Rosemary over at Villabarnes joined my Home Sweet Home party a week ago and showed us about Gesso as an alternative to paint. (Click the link to view that post.) I immediately thought of this seahorse bracket I had shelved. So, in this picture a helper and I are applying Gesso.
The gesso is very chalky. It goes on really easily and is very forgiving to work with. It dries fast so I sanded the bracket, but being polyresin it just didn't give the aged look from a sanding that wood does.
So, Rosemary said you can mix colors with it. So, I mixed up an aqua for the plant element on the bracket.
The original aqua was too much color for the washed out chalky look I was getting with this. Then I mixed Gesso right into the paint and got a much more subtle aqua that was just right. I painted a few tan highlights to the sanded parts of the seahorse and then I stopped, not wanting to reapply too much color.
This is the first time I have used the Gesso. It is easy to work with, water soluble, dries quick, can be mixed with any paint color, and can be finished with wax or polyurethane. My next try with it will be a piece of furniture. It is also readily available at Walmart, 16 ozs. for under $8. Gesso is an affordable alternative to straight paint with a finish you can age and get some interesting looks out of. (Cost: bracket: free, Gesso $ 7.89, other supplies: I had.)
I will link this to:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville
Thrifty Things Friday at A La Carte
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove