March 6, 2015


Need some relief from all of this snowy, winter weather?  Well, here you go; here's some relief.
©Linda Nelson 2015
Perhaps you'd like to relief, yourself.  You'll feel great, and to do so, this is what you'll need -
  • gesso
  • molding paste
  • a cone shaped plastic goody bag
  • an empty cone-tipped plastic bottle
  • acrylic paints, antiquing stain, or any coloring supplies of your choice
  • a surface to relief upon

©Linda Nelson 2015
©Linda Nelson 2015
Sleeve a plastic goody cone bag inside a glass, then spoon in equal parts gesso and molding paste. Twist the bag shut and use a squishing technique to mix them together.  Snip the tip end of the cone and squirt your mixture into the plastic bottle.  Prime your surface area with a coat of plain, white gesso.  I chose a blank hemp journal, but wood/canvas panels, clay pots, etc.... would serve as great options, too.

Pre-sketch with a pencil, or just free-hand draw a design onto your surface.  Grab your little concocted bottle of relief and do your thing.  Now, set your piece aside to dry.
©Linda Nelson 2015
Apply a few coats of gesso over the entire surface area of your piece, allowing it to dry after each coat.  Finish it off with a dry brush coat of acrylic paint, antiquing ink or any preferred technique to achieve the look you want.  I sponged on some mossy green acrylic paint.  I let it dry, then did a sponge on/wipe off coat of brown and teal tinted gloss medium.  The journal book came with a satin cord bookmark attached to it; I simply added the skeleton key.
©Linda Nelson 2015
If you're a purist, you know that this isn't an authentic relief process.  But, who cares.  There's snow on the ground, and in lieu of shoveling, you might prefer a less back-breaking activity.

There you have it.

Now, go relief......, yourself.


  1. I. LOVE. THIS! I cannot wait to try this, Linda! Fantastic!

  2. Oh this is so pretty. Love it! I wonder if the mix would work on other things too. Like wood, glass, or metal. I have one question, I have Gesso, but what is molding paste? Thanks for sharing!

    1. I'm so glad you like the idea, Linda. You can find molding paste at your local hobby shop, in the artist's department. Because of molding paste's "workability", it takes a while for it to harden and dry. Create your design one day, then paint and finish it off the following day, just to be safe. And yes, you can apply this technique to other mounts, such as canvas, wood and masonite. Applying it to glass may work; however, be sure the glass surface is thoroughly clean. Experiment, and most of all, have fun!

  3. Thank you Linda, I will have to look for some and give it a try. Thanks again for sharing your tutorial.

  4. So simple yet so pretty, Linda! Thanks so much for visiting my blog today :)


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