Prepare your surface and
keep it visible
A clear ground to prepare your surface and add a high level of tooth.
4oz/118ml | 8oz/237ml | 8oz/237ml | 16oz/473ml | 16oz/473ml | 32oz/946ml | 32oz/946ml | 128oz/3.78L | 128oz/3.78L
Graphite, pencil & charcoal
Chalk & oil pastels
Acrylic & oil paints/mediums
Colored & patterned supports
Hardboard & paper
Wood & non-oily, porous supports
Lightfast & archival
Flexible & non-cracking
Water-resistant when dry
Intermixable with all Liquitex materials
- 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. With proper application and under the right conditions, a professional gesso like this will last generations
- Fully intermixable with all Liquitex products
- 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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Clear Gesso FAQs
Other artists have asked us...
Why is it that each time I use your Clear Gesso I get a cloudy result?
You may have overworked the formula - this can come from it being overshaken, overbrushed or applied too thickly - lots of thick layers can cause a semi-opaque finish.
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’s the best way to prime a canvas for painting?
Size the canvas with one layer of Matte Medium, and then coat with one or two layers of Liquitex gesso - choose from traditional white, neutral gray or black gesso, Clear Gesso or Super Heavy Gesso.