I had planned for my students to paint on gold gessoed watercolor paper this week - but the weather had other ideas. We had a big snow all day Monday through Tuesday morning and then the temperatures went down to -7F. Yes, I said MINUS 7 degrees!!! Didn't want anyone to get out in that who didn't have to be out because they didn't do a great job of cleaning any secondary roads due to the blowing snow Monday.
Have you ever painted watercolors on gessoed paper? Same thing as that, only this gesso is gold. Daniel Smith carries (or used to carry) lots of colors of gesso so you could play with a lot of colors other than white. And with gesso on the paper first, lifting watercolors back to white is easy.
It would make for some nice Asian-inspired paintings or anything that had some bold colors like black, red, dark blues, oranges, etc....leaving the gold showing through in places makes for a pretty piece.
Not saying this is a pretty piece. I just wanted to see what I could do with gold gesso over the TerraSkin "paper" I have. It does stick well with acrylics. Once the paint is dry, it doesn't come up unless you scratch it up with an exacto knife (which I don't recommend because TerraSkin is not paper but a stone paper that is heavier and has a bit more tooth than Yupo and is less slick. I got some for Christmas and will be using it, experimenting and playing to see what it will and won't do.
The best thing about this is the palms and how I just brushed the black gesso (yeah, black gesso, not paint) down with the flat brush, creating those fronds. The worst this is the bottom, the strange shaped wings of the blue heron/egret? and the afterthought of the red sun in the tiny portion of the edge of the paper which would be cut off if you frame it. But this is just a play and experimentation piece so...live and learn, right?
I hope you are inside, safe and warm. This last snowstorm cut through the midwest and through the south and then up to poor blasted Boston again, making sure everyone had a taste of snow, sleet, ice, blowing wind, etc.