Published on April 29th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Customise your Lack with Gesso

Lack table

I gessoed the table completely then applied torn bits of paper from magazines, ads, show tickets, bus tickets, letters, stamps, a few scraps of handmade papers I had lying around, junk mail, you name it, using a matt acrylic medium. After it was dry I applied a coat of satin varnish acrylic medium.

See more of the gessoed Lack table.

~ Susan Avishai, Toronto

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9 Responses to Customise your Lack with Gesso

  1. Too true, Cathy. The table fell once when I was photographing it and the legs tore the collage. But I was successful repairing it. Gluing the legs before I started would have been a good idea.

  2. Cathy says:

    This is beautiful! I hope that the legs are glued in place though… I decoupaged a lack table several years ago and it was great, until the legs got twisted and it broke the design.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Google is your friend:

    “Gesso (Italian:ˈdʒɛsːo “chalk,” from the Latin gypsum, from the Greek γύψος) is a white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum, pigment, or any combination of these.[1] It is used in artwork as a preparation for any number of substrates such as wood panels, canvas and sculpture as a base for paint and other materials that are applied over it.”

    => Sounds interesting!

  4. Sue F. says:

    Exactly! Also, the link to “See more…” isn’t working for me.

  5. Nice work! Very inspiring although I’m not sure what Gesso is…Google here we come!

  6. Lisa says:


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