• Megan 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!

*Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through my link. See my disclosure for more information.*

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:

17,962 views3 comments
Please Note

Disclaimer: Some links provided on this site are affiliate links.

This means that I may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using a link I've provided, but it will NOT cost you anything extra. Thanks for your support! 

Join our mailing list

© 2023 by Megan Weller. Proudly created with

  • Pinterest - Black Circle
  • Black YouTube Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon