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Professional Mediums

Professional Black Gesso

A pre-mixed black acrylic ground to prepare your surface and add instant colo

Size: 237ml
Key Features
  • Contains a blend of pigments to give a matte black, opaque base which instantly eliminates your surface color and allows you to build depth
  • Primes surfaces and adds a high level of tooth for maximum color adhesion and stability
  • Stiffens your canvases and creates the optimum absorbency for paint application, providing a professional standard, archival base to help maintain the longevity of your work
  • 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 with a wide, flat brush and leave to dry for at least 24 hours before starting to paint
  • Add acrylic color for a custom tint - Soft Body Acrylic is the optimum consistency
  • 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
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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 the brilliant base it deserves – one that’ll help colors pop and textures come alive. With Professional Gessoes, you can prime and add tooth to your surfaces so they’re ready for paint application. Gessoes also help you achieve the perfect absorbency, texture and archival ground for a range of substrates. Choose between five specialized formulas: clear, white, gray and black if you’re selecting by color, while Super Heavy Gesso gives texture and acts as a strong foundation for structural work.


Other creatives have asked us...

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.

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.

What's the point of your Black and Gray Gessoes?

These gessoes offer ready-mixed, pigmented bases for your artwork, allowing for instant color coverage and texture.

I'm applying your Black Gesso to shiny metal - do I need to prep it first?

Yes we would recommend you always sand shiny non-absorbent surfaces before you apply any of our gessoes.

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.