Inexpensive Substitute for Gesso?

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



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By Julia (Guest Post)
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

By Michele (Guest Post)
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.

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

By Karen (Guest Post)
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.

July 29, 20171 found this helpful

1/4cup white talcum powder,1tbsp of normal white glue,1tbsp of white acrylic colour. Mix nicely if needed only add 1tsp of water.


Keep it air tight jar every time before use mix it nicely and use it

June 15, 20190 found this helpful

Does that really seal it, do you sand after, how many coats?


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