Paper Mache Angler Fish – Wilburine Gets Gessoed

Wilburine has a coat of Gesso now. This creates the blank canvas on which I can now start the fine details work, as well as painting. I am working on a "brown with red oxide, yellow oxide and accents in red" colour scheme.

The coat of gesso gives a good base for paint as well as highlighting areas of fine tuning needed.

In the top image, you can see small gaps around the eye where lids do not exactly meet the eye. The other area needing touching up is the end of fins where gaps in the two sides of paper around skewers are. I use an artist grade titanium white for two reasons.

  1. Artist grade titanium white has maximum opacity
  2. The paint is thick so I can fill in small gaps.

A Tip

One thing I learned when painting Wilburine was that paint applied over gesso looks different than applied over titanium white. The gesso gives a flatter finish to the final paint, the titanium gives more of a gloss. One tip is to apply a final coat of gesso over the titanium white when it is dry so that you have a consistent finish to paint over.

The images below show the eyes and fin ends after touchup. Now it is time to start applying colour.

Tiny gaps around the eyes are filled in.

Tiny gaps around the eyes are filled in.

The gaps between the skewers and the two paper sides are filled.

The gaps between the skewers and the two paper sides are filled.

Screen colours do no justice but I am leaning toward browns and yellows with red oxide tones.

Screen colours do no justice but I am leaning toward browns and yellows with red oxide tones.

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