Grow as an Artist: 5 Ways to Use Gesso for Glorious Texture!

Donna Jean Engstrom, Mixed Media Artist and Creative Explorer

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9 Videos (21m)
    • Introduction

    • Materials

    • Lesson 1 Exploring Texture Tools

    • Lesson 2 Wax Paper & Plastic Wrap

    • Lesson 3 Mirror Image

    • Lesson 4 Adding Muslin

    • Lesson 5 Manipulating Cheesecloth

    • Gesso Wrap Up

    • Your Class Bonus


About This Class

Texture is an important element of art. It gives your work movement and interest. Grow your art practice by experimenting with actual texture.  Use gesso to create subtle texture to your surface and liven up your work.

What You Will Learn:

  • Discover how to use simple tools to create actual texture with the gesso
  • Create a mirror image design
  • Add interest to a piece by drawing into the gesso
  • How cheesecloth can add dynamic texture
  • What happens when you use wax paper and plastic wrap in a new way
  • How to use gesso to provide interest to your art


Whether you are a beginner or more experienced art maker, this class is a great exploration of the properties and use of gesso in your work.

19 of 20 students recommendSee All

I had so much messy fun doing this class! I'll post a pic when I finish one and post it to the project section!!!!
This is going to save me so much money in paint! Thank you!
simple, fun and beautiful.





Donna Jean Engstrom

Mixed Media Artist and Creative Explorer

I've been an artist and teacher for over 30 years. Yikes! That's a long time, eh? Well worth every single minute. I love teaching and bringing the joy of creating to those who think they can't. You know who you are, 'can't draw a stick figure' come to mind?

My classes are easy to follow, full of encouragement with a dose of challenge, and based on my many years of teaching drawing, painting, collage, and bookmaking classes.

I'm a signature member of the National Collage Society...

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