How to Make your own Gesso. The blog of Rachel Weaver, Artist and Designer.

How to Make Your Own Gesso

Why use Gesso?

Gesso acts as a primer and barrier, providing a tooth to trap pigment and also reducing absorption into your chosen work surface. Gesso can be applied thickly to create a textured surface, or thinned down and applied in multiple coats.

Use it to prime paper, cardboard, canvas, wood and more. Some canvases can be purchased pre-gessoed.

How to Make your own Gesso. The blog of Rachel Weaver, Artist and Designer.

You can buy white (and sometimes also black) pre-made gesso from your local art store - or save yourself some money and make your own by following the simple recipe below.

Materials

Approximately 1 cup of each, or equal parts -

  • Pigment - Acrylic Paint
  • Binder - White Glue (PVA)
  • Tooth - Talcum Powder or Calcium Carbonate (Whiting)
  • Warm Water

Method

  1. Pour the warm water in a suitable bowl.
  2. Add in the same quantity of talcum powder, mix thoroughly.
  3. Add in the same quantity of white glue, mix thoroughly.
  4. Finally, add in the same quantity of paint (usually white, but whatever colour you like) and mix together well.
  5. Transfer to an air tight container or jar, stir again before use.
  6. Can be made thicker or thinner depending on your preferences, add more pigment for more coverage.
  7. Can be applied in coats and sanded smooth, or leave thick and textured for added interest.

How to Make your own Gesso. The blog of Rachel Weaver, Artist and Designer.

How to Make your own Gesso. The blog of Rachel Weaver, Artist and Designer.

You can purchase Calcium Carbonate, or alternatively Casting Plaster, from Jackson's Drawing Supplies

Rachel Weaver

Rachel Weaver

Freelance Creative at studio 8T4
Rachel Weaver is a Freelance Artist, Designer and Photographer who creates in a wide variety of media. Her work often exploring the quirky and macabre with an emphasis on dramatic light and shadow. Blending the lines between the reality of our natural world and the realm of fantasy, Rachel loves to bring unusual creatures to life. An eternal passion for horror creeps quietly into her pieces, combined with a wild imagination and a generous touch of personality.

Rachel continues to actively and passionately participate in a range of exhibitions, prizes, collaborations and community projects. She resides in her hometown of Geraldton, Western Australia with her partner, two dogs, two cats and carnivorous plant collection.
Rachel Weaver
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About Rachel Weaver

Rachel Weaver is a Freelance Artist, Designer and Photographer who creates in a wide variety of media. Her work often exploring the quirky and macabre with an emphasis on dramatic light and shadow. Blending the lines between the reality of our natural world and the realm of fantasy, Rachel loves to bring unusual creatures to life. An eternal passion for horror creeps quietly into her pieces, combined with a wild imagination and a generous touch of personality. Rachel continues to actively and passionately participate in a range of exhibitions, prizes, collaborations and community projects. She resides in her hometown of Geraldton, Western Australia with her partner, two dogs, two cats and carnivorous plant collection.

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