Inexpensive Substitute for Gesso

I would like to do some de'coupage. Gesso is really expensive. Does anyone have an inexpensive substitute?


September 25, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Valery,

I never use the Mod Podge that's made specifically

for decoupaging work. I just use a plain white glue

like Elmers although it certainly doesn't have to be

Elmer's... I add water to the glue to the consistency

that I need, and decoupage away.

All the best.

Julia in Orlando, FL

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September 25, 20050 found this helpful

I use Mod Podge or if I am out I use just plain white school glue watered down a little.

Hope this helps.

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September 29, 20050 found this helpful

Thanks so much for the tips. I will try the glue. I thought maybe I could try that. I really hate to waste the money on the gesso. Val

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February 23, 20060 found this helpful

Isn't gesso more of a primer for canvas? I make my own stretched canvas frames and instead of priming them with gesso I just use white latex paint.

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