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Gesso

Prepare your surface with
an opaque white ground

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A classic titanium white acrylic ground to prepare your surface and add a high level of tooth.

Sizes
4oz/118ml | 8oz/237ml | 16oz/473ml | 32oz/946ml | 63.9oz/1.89L | 128oz/3.78L


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
  • Primes surfaces and adds a high level of tooth for maximum color adhesion and stability
  • Gives a matte white, opaque finish which 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 good 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 will last generations
How to use it
  • 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 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 for a custom tint - Soft Body Acrylic is the optimum consistency

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Gesso FAQs

Other artists have asked us...

  • How do I make a green tinted 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.
  • Can I mix your professional white Gesso with oil paints?
    You can use our Gesso as a dry ground for your oils, but do not wet mix with them - for this stick with acrylic colors.
  • 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.
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