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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tee’s Gesso Recipe

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I just realized that my recipe for gesso never came back when I lost posts a while back.  So I’m republishing this info.

You can buy gesso.  Yep and that’s easy.  But if you have some stuff on hand, you can make it up very fast and inexpensively.

You need a binder, a pigment and a tooth to make gesso.  Here are some ideas on where you can get these ingredients

  • Binder – PVA Glue or just cheap white glue.
  • Pigment – I get mine from left over latex paint, craft paint or titanium white tube acrylics
  • Tooth – Drywall powder, plaster, talcum powder or baby powder

Tee’s Gesso Recipe – scalable to whatever measure you need

  • Binder – 2 Parts
  • Water – 1 to 2 Parts (more or less as needed for consistency)
  • Tooth – 2 Parts
  • Pigment – 1 to 2 Parts

So for example, I put in a cup of glue, a cup or a little more of water, a cup of baby powder and a cup or so of left over paint.  Think pancake batter or syrup for consistency.  Mix well and test for coverage.

Most of the time I make it up with equal amounts of everything and it’s just fine.  I like to see through mine, if you want yours to give better coverage, use more pigment.

This dries fast for me here in Florida.

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting. I've got an open jar of spackle in the other room, I was thinking of thinning it with a bit of paint to see what happened. *Scatter dons her mad scientist mask*

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  2. Thanks Tee. I'm definitely going to try this.

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  3. Wow! What a clever idea. Must give this a try!

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  4. I think I'm too lazy to make my own. Still, it's neat to know it can be done. Neat idea. Thanks for the recipe.

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  5. Thank you so much for this wonderful idea!

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  6. Thanks so much for posting, I knew you could use whiting or plaster, but never knew about baby powder. I'll be using this going forward.

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  7. i HAVE TO TRY THIS ONE. Thanks for sharing

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  8. Thanks, saved me some cash!

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  9. My painting instructor told us we could just use flat paint as a substitute for gesso

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  10. Here, where I live, I don't get stuff like even a paint. I have to travel to by my stuff. Gesso is a farther site. You name it and people say- a what? O.o Strange ! They know nothing. Even my art teacher had no knowledge. :\ Thanks a ton to you. :) Now I can make my own, it might not be the exact gesso manufactured but it makes wonders for me. :) and yes, I am content with it. :)

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  11. @formosan- use gesso on one side and paint on the other. You'll find the difference. :)

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  12. Here, where I live, I don't get stuff like even a paint. I have to travel to by my stuff. Gesso is a farther site. You name it and people say- a what? O.o Strange ! They know nothing. Even my art teacher had no knowledge. :\ Thanks a ton to you. :) Now I can make my own, it might not be the exact gesso manufactured but it makes wonders for me. :) and yes, I am content with it. :)

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  13. Thank you for posting! I just made me some and now I'm anxious to see how it works out!

    Cindy

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  14. Oh my gosh... And here I just ordered a new jar of gesso. I wish I knew this recipe instead! Well, while I'm waiting for the mail-ordered version to get here, I can't wait to try THIS one! Love that I could make my own, then use the money saved towards other supplies on my wish list! Thank you so much, Tee, for sharing your recipe, and hope you're enjoying your summer! Dear Daughter's wedding is in less than two weeks now, so we are absolutely CRAZY BUSY right now... But when the big day gets here, it will be beautiful, I'm sure! ~tina

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  15. I moved to an area where everyone says, what's gesso? Thank you for this recipe.

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  16. How long does it last once it's mixed up?

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    1. I have some that's over a year old. I keep it sealed up when not in use though. it dries faster than regular acrylic paint, so keep it covered when not in use.

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  17. thank you so much !!

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  18. Hi Tee! Just made my first batch recently, and the best and biggest surprise to me was how GOOD MY PAGES NOW SMELL!!.. and without naming any names, I think it works better than the last batch of gesso I PURCHASED! I posted about it here:

    http://beansiebabbles.blogspot.com/2012/09/counting-crochet-crows.html

    Thanks again for sharing your recipe! (YOU rock!) ~tina

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  19. IT WORKS!!! :D Thanks for posting this recipe, HUGE help! Now to sand it and put a couple more layers on it, and then - umbrella picture, here we come! ^-^v

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  20. Tee thanks so much for this recipe, saved me money. I just did some and wow it worked so good it comes out white but I could still see the color under it just what it wanted. Wanted to know if I us black would it work would rather make my own black gesso then buy it.

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    1. Absolutely! You can make black or any tint that you want. You could make some up without the white and then add a few drops of color to it when you use it.. that way you get the translucency and the shade you want from it.

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  21. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe! I made some up (white colored) and I've painted it onto my surface. I haven't gone over it with another color yet but the coverage is awesome and I can already tell it's going to work great. My daughter is really into art journals so I'm thinking about making some of this and putting into a pretty container and getting her a book to use it with for Christmas..I think she would love it! Thanks again for sharing this :)

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  22. Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try this out and see how it works! Gesso is expensive therefore it would save me some money if this works

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  23. How do I make this flexible for unstretched canvas?

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  24. Oh and can I used ground coffee as a "tooth"?

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You rock!

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