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 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Lesson 1 Exploring Texture Tools

    • 4. Lesson 2 Wax Paper & Plastic Wrap

    • 5. Lesson 3 Mirror Image

    • 6. Lesson 4 Adding Muslin

    • 7. Lesson 5 Manipulating Cheesecloth

    • 8. Gesso Wrap Up

    • 9. 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.