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

Donna Jean Engstrom, Mixed Media Artist and Creative Explorer

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8 Videos (20m)
    • Introduction

      1:26
    • Materials

      3:29
    • Lesson 1 Exploring Texture Tools

      5:03
    • Gesso Wrap Up

      1:09
    • Lesson 2 Wax Paper & Plastic Wrap

      2:15
    • Lesson 3 Mirror Image

      1:01
    • Lesson 5 Manipulating Cheesecloth

      2:11
    • Lesson 4 Adding Muslin

      3:17

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

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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.

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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 and am on the board of the International Society of Experimental Artists.

In my free time I enjoy reading out on my deck, gardening, and learning new things.