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Super Easy Homemade Gesso Recipe

Homemade Gesso Recipe

Just a few homemade Gesso Recipes that I have tried and tested. I would love for you to add your gesso recipe here for us.

Gesso Recipes 1

I make my gesso using about 3 parts joint compound, 1 part Elmer’s Glue-All, and some white acrylic paint for a fastidious and white gesso. You can apply a coat of this gesso, sand it or use a lightly damp sponge to smooth it out.
This recipe works will great with the paper mache sculpting that I do, I need a thick cover most of the time. I just keep adding layers until I have want I want.
Carpenter's glue will not work, I've tried.

Gesso Recipes 2

I've made it with left over latex paint, drywall powder and water or glue. Whatever I had on hand. I was experimenting - so can't speak to longevity. Although it hasn't chip off in the 6 years I have had the piece.
If you are in a bind, it does work and this does NOT take forever to dry.
Hope this helps you in your art today.
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M Jury said...

Where is the gesso recipe?

July said...

Hello Charisse, I was inspired by your video "VBS" letters. I am at the point where the newsprint is being dried. Next step would be coating the newspaper with acrylic paint... I made the DIY Gesso receipe, if I were to add gesso on the letters, would it crack if it gets dropped on the floor? I am using this for photography props... also do you recommend a layer of clear varethane satin after the gesso is dried over top?

WhimsyArtist said...

July the more layers of paper strips you apply will determine its durability. The letters I painted white and the added color, the white paint was to prevent the newspaper being seen.I hope this helps you. Happy New Year.