Traditional Gesso Making – Online. Recording

Recording of the online zoom workshop.


This online workshop will guide you through the process of making traditional gesso. You can use this to create a surface for egg tempera and other techniques on wooden or MDF, plywood surfaces.

Gesso making is a very important part of the process of creating an icon or any other egg tempera painting. It will create a very durable surface that will last centuries.

This is a Zoom Class Recording. Once you watched it you can email us with questions regarding the process.



This workshop will include guidance on:

  1. How to prepare a primer and prime your panel
  2. How to put on a gauze onto the face of your panel
  3. How to make your own traditional gesso
  4. How to apply thin gesso layers and how many you need
  5. How to sand your gesso before painting

Materials that you will need:

  1. Panel – wooden, MDF, or plywood. Plywood or MDF needs to be at least 18mm thick. You can buy a wooden board here–legno-plain-panels-240-c.asp If you are outside the UK please let us know if you need any advice on what panels are suitable.
  2. Gauze – you can buy it in any Pharmacy.
  3. Gelatine – you can buy it in most supermarkets.
  4. Whiting or Bologna Chalk or Chalk from Champagne.
  5. Hard large brush that is not too precious to you like Natural Hogs Round Hair Brush
  6. Old credit/debit card or any membership card that you no longer use.


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