Professional Mediums

Professional Clear Gesso

A clear ground to prepare your surface and add a high level of tooth.

Additive Size: 118ml
$19.00 CAD In stock, ready to ship
Key Features
  • Primes surfaces and adds a high level of tooth for maximum color adhesion and stability
  • Gives a transparent matte finish which allows the original surface to show through and provides a professional standard, archival base to help maintain the longevity of your work
  • Stiffens your canvases and creates the optimum absorbency for paint application
  • Establishes a suitable surface for preliminary charcoal or pencil drawings
  • Always use a quality artist's gesso if you want a lasting, archival base - a low-cost ground will flake and separate from your support, taking your work with it.Under the right conditions, a professional gesso like this will last generations
How to Use
  • Use undiluted or thin with up to 25% water - when thinning more than 25%, use an equal mixture of water and Liquitex Matte Medium
  • Sand hard or shiny surfaces first, apply a thin coat to support (avoiding overbrushing) 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 a transparent/semi-opaque acrylic color for a custom sheer tint - Soft Body Acrylic is the optimum consistency
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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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Give your work something to get hold of.

These specialist professional gessoes help you prime and add tooth to your surfaces so they’re ready for gripping color and mediums, and not letting go.

Whether you love a superfine sanded surface, or something with more grit, a dark base to build off, or a formula to seal and increase absorbency: you'll find it here.


Other creatives have asked us...

Why is it that each time I use your Clear Gesso I get a cloudy result?

Cloudiness may result from excessive shaking, brushing, or applying too thickly. Avoid these issues to achieve a more transparent finish.

How do I make a colored gesso?

We would recommend you selecting your green Soft Body or Heavy Body color and mixing a little into our Professional Gesso until you achieve the desired tint.

If acrylic goes onto most surfaces why do I need a gesso?

While acrylics adhere to most surfaces, gesso prepares surfaces for a long-term bond, improving absorbency and tooth for paint.

Do you make sheer tinted grounds?

We only make an uncolored Clear Gesso but you can tint it with a transparent color from our Acrylic Ink or Soft Body ranges.

What can I use to create a hard surface for a graphite drawing?

To create a hard surface for graphite drawings, sketch directly on our Professional Gessoes or use Ceramic Stucco for an Italian fresco-style effect.

What's the best way to prime a canvas for painting?

Size with one layer of Matte Medium and coat with Liquitex gesso (white, gray, black, clear, or super heavy gesso) for priming.