How to make Gesso
Hey guys, it's Megan!
I'm constantly looking for ways to use what I have, and save myself a trip to the store.
After a quick Google search last year, I learned that there are actually quite a few art supplies you can make at home!
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One of my favorite things to make myself is gesso. I've tested quite a few Gesso recipes, but this one has worked the best for me so far.
For this project you'll need:
*3 parts cornstarch
*3 parts Baking Soda
*1 part glue
*1 part white acrylic paint
*2-3 parts water
First, mix the cornstarch and baking soda together, breaking up any lumps in the mixture.
Then, mix in your glue and acrylic paint.
Finally, add water a little bit at a time until you have the right consistency.
For a thicker "texture paste", add less water.
For a more "traditional" gesso texture, add water until the mixture looks like pancake batter.
The only downside to making gesso is that it has a shorter shelf life than store bought gesso. This will last about a week or two when stored in an airtight container.
If you have any questions, click here to watch the video tutorial!
Here's a comparison between the homemade gesso and Liquitex Basics Acrylic Gesso: