Here are some Basics.
Gesso: A ground for other mediums. Think of it as a base or primer. It is used to cover canvas and contains chalk. Can be purchased in White, Clear and Black.
- I personally like how watercolors look on top of it, I also use it to create brush stroke type texture.
- Can be used with stencils (as a thin paste) when used with a putty or artist knife.
- It can be used to cover over other colors.
- Can be used as a paint or white can be used to lighten other paints.
- It "thickens" cardstock when it is well coated.
- Dries with a matte finish.
Matte Medium: Used as a glue or sealer/ light body
- Perfect for collage and adhering papers.
- Dries clear.
- Depending on the brand and type, will dry glossy, matte or semi-gloss.
- Is acrylic based, can use acrylic paints over it.
- Watercolors will dry on top but not as rich in color.
- Spray colors will resist it and will not hold.
Gel Medium: Used as a glue/ photo transfer/ heavy body
- Perfect for glueing heavy papers.
- Great for photo and paper transfers.
- Dries to a matte finish.
Mod Podge: Used as a glue.
- Latex based, waterproof, stays pliable.
I made my own journal from cardstock, 80lb specifically. Neenah is a great choice of cardstock. I also have a few sheets of watercolor color paper mixed in which I believe is 110lb. I researched book binding through videos on You Tube and found a series from CraftyLoops to be the most helpful. She really takes the time to explain how to successfully create and sew a journal together.
HERE is a link to CraftyLoops entire Journal making video collection.
As we get into more techniques with journaling, rest assure, I'm hearing you and will do my best to answer any questions you have.
Now get out there and do some ART!