On NGS group, we're doing a study of Darlene Olivia McElroy & Sandra Duran Wilson's book "Surface Treatment workshop " This week we're looking at the section "making your own specialty gels". The authors say you can make your own specialty gels by adding elements (sand, sawdust, broken shells, kitty litter, shredded paper, herbs, tea leaves, coffee grounds, etc) to gels, gesso, paste or mediums. Be careful to keep the binder in larger part than the element added.
First prepare you surface, I'm using a rock candy distress stickle collage background for my base. Painted on medium matte gel.
While gel is wet, add additive. I'm using coffee grounds lightly press the additive into the gel. I was a bit heavy handed with the coffee grounds. Let dry. The authors mention that elements from nature, such as coffee grounds, tea leaves and herbs, will not be archival.
When gel dries, shake off the excess of the added element. The authors recommend using acrylic spray or craft glue to seal the additive. I used cheap white glue.
pulled paper background. Be sure to remove and clean the stencil before the gel dries.
soap resist background.
For other tips and examples, see the book!