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  • Writer's pictureMegan Weller

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

*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:

Homemade vs. Store bought Gesso

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14 comentários

5 days ago

What does the cornstarch do?

What does the baking soda do?


29 de jan.

Hi! Can you still sand it down like you would gesso?


26 de jan.

Can this gesso be used on paper


29 de nov. de 2023

I need it to dry clear, for paint-by-numbers hard to paint on raw


17 de set. de 2023

A question: The ingredients say parts of this and parts of that -- but some are dry and some are wet/liquid. So, is it cups? Grams? Pounds? (I go nutz trying to make sense of fluid vs. dry ounces so I won't ask about ounces . . .)

Jasmine Roberta
Jasmine Roberta
17 de set. de 2023
Respondendo a

Just choose any size cup. That'll be your "part". Size of cup would depend on how much you needed. Hope this helps.

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