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I find the effect of geckos perfect for certain of my concepts in mixed media. As I mentioned in the blog regarding using snake skin, because of the total covering of the collage element with the binder medium (I use Atelier brand) there is no concern with further degradation of the collage material. Of course, the geckos are already deceased, and dried out – found behind curtains or furniture etc.
They are often gratefullyl received gifts from friends who know I use them!
It is essential to place the binder medium underneath the gecko on the surface of the canvas (or other surface), and if the element is too large for just the binder medium, then use some Atelier gel medium as well, as it dries clear and will hold larger and heavier collage elements. Once adhered with the gel, place a layer of binder over the top, smoothing out with a brush, to level out the surface texture.