Basics Mediums

Basics Gesso

An opaque white gesso to create the ideal absorbency, stiffness and adhesion for paint.

Additive Size: 250ml
$16.00 CAD In stock, ready to ship
Key Features
  • Gives a matte white, opaque finish which provides a long-lasting base
  • Primes surfaces and adds a high level of tooth for good color adhesion and stability
  • Stiffens your canvases and creates the right absorbency for paint application
  • Establishes a good surface for acrylics, oils, charcoal, pastels or pencil drawings
  • You can use this as a dry base for oil paints, but do not mix with oils
How to Use
  • Use undiluted or thin with up to 25% water
  • Sand hard or shiny surfaces first, apply a thin coat with a wide, flat brush and leave to dry for at least 24 hours before starting to paint
  • To create a smoother base, sand the surface and reapply gesso
  • If using as a base for oils, apply 2-4 coats and sand between applications
  • Add acrylic color to make a tinted gesso
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Item #094376976472
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All our paints are intermixable and water-based, with archival results. Tested and certified at Duke University by the ACMI.

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Whether you’re prepping your surface, altering viscosity, or even sealing your finished work, Basics Mediums are essential for experimenting and enhancing your paint practice.

You can change color opacity, drying time and texture, and protect your finished work.


Other creatives have asked us...

What color is Basics Gesso?

Basics Gesso is a classic titanium white, perfect for priming surfaces.

Are Basics mediums just for acrylics or can I use them with oils too?

You can use Basics Gesso as a base for oils when dry, but the rest of the range is for use with acrylics only.