I cut a small piece of vintage paper to fit in a little metal frame. I used a Collage Brush to paint a coat of Dina's MEDIA Clear Gesso over the top of the paper. The gesso seals the paper and gives tooth to it so that other mediums can grab on. I like that the gesso is perfectly clear and fast drying. It did not change the color of my paper either, which I count as a plus!
Of course the vintage paper will not react like watercolor paper since it needs to be sealed, but the same basic technique of a light wash and then additional layers can still work. Another tip is to keep the stamp image close by so you can reference it as you paint.
Can you see any lines? Nope, me either.
One I was satisfied with my work I made sure it was dry then sprayed it with a matte sealer to keep the colors from fading over time.
Media Clear Gesso really made the difference for todays project. Without it the water and ink mix would bleed through the vintage paper and the entire test would have never got off the ground. Instead, I ended up with a sweet little flower in a vintage frame that will be perfect for a grouping in my home.
I'm excited about the possibility of working on more vintage paper! Practice, practice, practice...it's the name of the game around here!
now carry on,
PS) I'll be back on another day with that original flower I showed on Facebook - just finishing that up now.