inexpensive white tissue
Reynolds Freezer Paper
1. Cover your work area with the freezer paper, waxy side up. I was working on the kitchen counter and let some of the freezer paper hang over the edge of the counter so I could hang my gessoed paper there to dry. Here's a picture:
2. Cut a manageable piece of
tissue paper and lay it on your work surface. I used 11 X 17, but you
might want to start out with smaller pieces till you get the hang of
3. Using a soft brush, gently paint a layer of gesso on one side of the tissue. You can also use a brayer for this. Make a small pool of gesso on a palette (I used a styrofoam plate). Roll you brayer in the gesso until it's covered. Starting in the middle of the paper, roll towards the top of the tissue. Don't roll back and forth or the tissue will wrap around the brayer. Keep working from the middle of the paper till the top half is covered. Then do the same thing rolling the brayer towards the bottom half of the sheet. Continue until the tissue is covered with the gesso.
4. Carefully lift the paper from the freezer wrap. I hold the upper corners and gently peel it up towards me. This takes some practice. Don't be discouraged if it tears; you can still use the paper.
4. Hang the paper to dry, wet side up, from the side of the counter, or wherever works best for you. This stuff is very sticky and will adhere to the freezer paper and hang nicely as it dries. You might want to put newspaper on the floor below where your tissue is hanging to catch any drips that might occur.
5. When dry, repeat the process with the other side using either the brush or brayer.
6. You can decorate your gessoed paper the way you would any other paper, although I would not recommend using any of the heavy gels or mediums on it because it is still lightweight. However, you'll be amazed at how sturdy your fragile tissue paper has become.
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