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.