While I was working on Tamara's Winter Soul Flakes girl I had used the golden brand gel medium to glue the paper pieces to my background. So when I went to use the neo color crayons over top as she did, mine just does NOT want to keep the color, it was acting like a relief instead and was ickkk. lol
Soooo, I tried to put gesso over those bits and wound up with a very muddy background. Which I was not really happy with.
So after asking advice from some of Tam’s other fans and still not being sure what to do, I did a test with 3 different adhesives. Decoupage Matte - Golden Matte Medium - Liquitex Matte Gel. As you can see in the attached photo, they first two still show the glue line when the watercolor crayon is used. However, the Liquitex Does not, it also holds the color better.
Now this in itself did NOT solve my entire dilemma lol Why? Because I already adhered my pieces and my background is NOT what I want. lol Sooooo I decided to go ahead and gesso over the background.
This however in itself would not be enough because it will put me right back at having a surface that is not going to absorb enough to use the water based crayons I wish to use. Soooooooooooo ( lol ) After having covered the back with the gesso, I have also added 3 thin coats of Golden's Absorbent Grounds.
Once this one completed I again added NEW scraps of paper using the “Liquitex Matter Gel” this time. From there I continued on and was able to finally finish my girl and am quite pleased with the results. Especially having been thinking I was about to ruin her completely.
So thanks to a wonderful mishap, I learned a few tricks and valuable lessons! It's ok to be frustrated when the mishaps happen but don't give up! This is further proof that everything can be fixed, sometimes we just need some trials and error's.
Hugs & Love - Ranae'