Atelier Gesso Primer is a water based, flexible acrylic ground with a high grit content. Designed to provide a stable white surface on which to paint. Atelier Gesso may be used directly from the container for all over thick textural effects. Gesso works for both acrylic and oil paintings to provide good paint adhesion and prevents loss of moisture. Dries white.
Gesso can be used directly from the container with no dilution required. However, for a more economically and a physically easier application resulting in a more even finish, apply 2-3 thinner coats mixed with water. Preparing and priming your own painting canvas puts you in control and ensures the best possible foundation for your paintings. A quality acrylic foundation is the best start you can give to an acrylic painting or oil painting.
Apply to canvasses, boards and similar surfaces prior to painting with acrylics or oils.
- Gesso tightens canvas as it dries so make sure you stretch your canvas before applying.
- Atelier Gesso can be used to block out and resurface unsuccessful paintings.
- Atelier Gesso may be applied over Binder Medium, or instead of Binder Medium, prior to painting. Atelier Gesso may be tinted before application; or stained with an acrylic wash once dry.
- When applied thickly Atelier Gesso can be used to impart an all-over brushy texture. It is best diluted with water for smooth finishes, which may also be sanded.
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