I started with a layer of gesso. Right after the layer was complete, I dipped my brick stencil into the wet gesso to leave an impression.
To better show the texture of the dried gesso, I smeared on a few light spots of Gelato to highlight the ridges.
The entire canvas was covered with Dixie Belle's Grunge Glaze. Since I was going with a Fall theme I felt like the brown in the glaze would be a good fit.
The glaze interacted with the Gelato and gave me some different undertones. Gelatos are water soluable so they are activated with paint just as easily as with water.
I chose a few more Gelatos that reminded me of fall and used my finger to apply them in random spots on the canvas.
Now to add some fun texture! Punchinella is a great way to add dots to a background. You can sponge or paint over the surface. This time, since I was using Gelatos I chose to lay down the ribbon and wipe over the top with a baby wipe to remove some of the pigment. This lets the spots remain the same basic color as the surrounding area.
I made sure the ribbon was going in a couple of different directions so that the spots would be random.
At this point I sprayed the canvas with a fixative to keep the Gelatos from reactivating in the next stages. The gesso was still out so I dipped a paper tube and a pencil eraser in it to add circles and spots. Gesso is thick so these are slightly raised.
A little water was added to the grunge glaze to form drips.
Our paper towels at work have a gear on one end to go on the feeder. There was an almost empty roll on the counter so I rescued this little piece of plastic and used it here to create these gear circles in the copper Art Alchemy paint.
I applied a few patches of a white pearl paint with my fingertip . They look really white in the bright light at this angle. At other angles you can barely see them. I like that effect!
These letters are from a tag alphabet. I have them just laid on the canvas right now because I am thinking of adding more layers to it.
Your choice of canvas or art journal
Gelatos in your favorite colors