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Basics Gesso

Prepare your surface to receive paint



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

8.45oz/250ml | 16oz/473ml | 63.9oz/1.89L

All our paints are intermixable and water-based, with archival results. Tested and certified at Duke University by the ACMI.

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What it does
  • 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
How to use it
  • Fully intermixable with all Liquitex products
  • 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
How not to use
  • You can use this as a dry base for oil paints, but do not mix with oils

Tips & Techniques

Useful guides for working with mediums

Surface prep FAQs

Other artists have asked us...

  • What color is Basics Gesso?
    It's a classic titanium white opaque color - the perfect base for acrylic colors.
  • If acrylic goes onto most surfaces why do I need a gesso?
    Our acrylics will adhere to most surfaces but for a truly long-term bond, we recommend prepping some surfaces with gesso. Gesso will create the correct absorbency and tooth for your paint.
  • 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.