MIXED MEDIA VOCABULARY – R is for….

MIXED MEDIA VOCABULARY – R is for….

RESIST (Technique)

Resist techniques in art use the incompatibility of two mediums to create layered effects with color and texture.

 It is a type of art in which a medium is used to block out certain areas of a surface that the artist does not want to be affected by paint, varnish, acid or another substance.

One of my first experiences of resists was what I called ‘magic painting’. A white crayon was used to draw a few fish on a sheet of white paper. Then we washed the paper with a mix of blue and green watercolor to create an under the sea image. The white crayon being was based repelled the water color pigment and remained white.

Artists create designs with pastels and watercolors, scratching out the pastel once the watercolor has dried to reveal the paint-free paper beneath. Other mediums can be used in similar resist techniques.

Acrylics with their plasticky finish can work as a resist to watercolor or inks.

Embossed images using embossing powder resist inks and paints.

Glue is another popular resist medium. Hot glue used with inks makes for some really nice paint pooling effects. See the video by Frugal Crafter below where she makes her own home made resist fluid with glue. Gel medium or mod podge will also fit this category.

Gesso can also be used with stamps and stencils to create a differentiation in surface level. When you ink a page and wipe of the excess the gesso surface being raised presents as a resist. Technically if you were not to wipe of the excess gesso would absorb the color as it is porous.

Isopropyl alcohol and even vaseline provide interesting resist effects.

Here are some of my favorite links to resist techniques:

Split coast Stampers –http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/gessoresist/

Scrap Time Videos – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKSvhCT2ZYk

Frugal Crafter – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4anDsf9XUWk

Nurse Tara 04 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEj-qSXFj8E

Contadina K – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WklG97ctCyU

48hlc48 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUgNm5VVQMU

ContadinaK – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7oAKcZ5HmU

Einat Kessler  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBL53kTVlDU

I will keep coming back to edit and add more information and links to these technique pages so remember to keep back to read updates. If you try any of the techniques please post a picture to our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/creatifeksperyans. Ciao for now.