One of my goals this year is to incorporate more techniques on my scrapbook pages. I know Tom Holtz offers a lot of technique-based products including texture paste, glazes, and possibly gesso. Can someone explain the difference between these three mediums and how to apply them to paper?
Texture paste - very thick and you can form it so that it dries with lumps and bumps. One way to use it is through stencils (thicker stencils usually work better) to get a raised effect. Or just put it on thick and form peaks and valleys, dragging a comb through it or some other texture techniques.
Gesso - is an opaque chalky substance that is mainly used to prep a surface to accept paint. You can gesso something like canvas so that when you paint on it the canvas doesn’t absorb all the paint. You can also gesso wood and paper for the same reason, to keep the paint from being absorbed into the wood/paper. Since it is opaque, you can also use it to cover up something. Black gesso is awesome! Gesso is not thick like texture paste.
Glaze - very thin layer of paint. You can glaze something to give it a slight tint. Or you can glaze something to give it a little protection. A glaze is usually a tiny bit of paint mixed with either an acrylic glazing medium (or water) or acetone if you are using oils. It is usually the last coat you add to a painting.