The hot glue resist method


Zinia is an art student from Greece. She loves everything about colors, cats, puppies, cupcakes and pretty paper products. Zinia dreams of one day being an art educator and spreading confetti of inspiration to the world.

Hello to all of you beautiful Get Messians! It’s Zinia here and I’m really excited to join you here for the first time. I thought it’d be fun to start my first blog post with a tutorial of a technique I recently discovered. I always loved backgrounds created with some sort of resist technique, embossing, texture paste and stencils, you name it. But sadly I didn’t have any of these things so I had to find a different solution. I got the idea while adding some ribbons of my art journal using hot glue. I thought, what if I add a few extra lines for texture and that’s how it all started. Hot glue was my inexpensive solution to resist effect on my backgrounds! Of course it’s not too precise and delicate but I’m ok with embracing the messiness of it. The whole idea is self-explanatory but I do have a video demonstration for you.

For something simple, you can try stripes and grids. I demonstrate both of them in the video plus a little talking about the paints that you can use to resist. Watercolors are probably your best choice. You can also use watered down gouache. Another fun medium to experiment with is mists. Keep in mind that not all mist brands have the same formula. Some mists are made for multiple surfaces and will just sit on top of the hot glue so try with what you have and see how it works.

Most inks and acrylic paints won’t work with this technique (and most likely with any resist technique) cause they just sit on top of things. But if you really have no other choice you can try to really dilute it with a lot of water and give it a shot.

You can really do a lot of different patterns, textures or ever write some words using your glue gun.

So that’s it! I really hope you’ll try it and make some happy masterpieces. 

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