Liquitex BASICS Gesso Surface Prep Medium, 16-oz
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- Thick, creamy with satin finish; Good pigment load
- Retains peaks and brush strokes; Ideal for learning color theory and color mixing
- Includes 473ml tube of acrylic paint
- Intermixable with Liquitex Professional Acrylic Paint Colors and Mediums.
- Conforms to ASTM D4236; Safe for educational use
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Liquitex Acrylic Mediums
In addition to the widest array of Professional and Student colors, Liquitex offers the broadest possible range of acrylic mediums to inspire creativity at every stage of the painting process. We understand that mediums are often a difficult concept to grasp until you actually dive into them, so we’ve tried to simplify usage by classifying products in three distinct categories: Prep, Paint, and Finish.
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All Surface Preps
- Does not yellow over time
- If using more than 1 coat, sanding between coats is recommended
- Adding Liquitex Soft Body color to any gesso creates customized tints and primers
Surface Preparations are used to seal, prime and add tooth (for color adhesion) to all surfaces such as canvas, wood, paper and metal. This same preparation is used for both acrylic and oil paint. Our professional gessoes usually take just 1 coat.
Surface Preparations available:
- BASICS Gesso
- White Gesso
- Clear Gesso
- Super Heavy Gesso
- Colored Gesso
BASICS Gesso is a good quality, value, priced surface preparation alternative to professional grade gesso. Usually takes two coats to seal supports.
|White Gesso||Clear Gesso||Super Heavy Gesso||Colored Gesso|
|Also available:||The classic white sealer and ground for absorbent surfaces, such as canvas, paper, or wood.||Clear Gesso provides an ideal degree of tooth for pastel, oil pastel, graphite, and charcoal as well as an excellent ground for acrylic and oil paints.||An innovative, impasto, titanium white gesso having the ability to hold sculptural shape.||Establishes a color ground while providing all the attributes of traditional acrylic gesso.|
|Provides the proper surface sizing, tooth and absorbency for acrylic and oil paints.||This gesso is ideal for painting over colored or patterned surfaces.||Ideal for thick and sculptural application with a knife or brush.||As with traditional gesso, colored gessoes also give opaque surface coverage.|
Value Series Acrylic Paints like Liquitex BASICS are formulated to offer dependable standards of performance at a more affordable cost. Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint is developed for students and artists that need quality at outstanding value. Each color is uniquely formulated to bring out the maximum brilliance and clarity of the individual pigment. 48-Color Spectrum; A heavy body acrylic paint that retains peaks and brush strokes. Contains permanent artist pigments. All colors dry to a satin finish. Intermixable with all Liquitex Professional Acrylic Colors and Mediums. Ideal for learning color theory and color mixing. All colors hold the AP Seal from ACMI and are safe for educational use. Visit our Liquitex Amazon Storefront for full product assortment.
Top Customer Reviews
What prompts me to write a review for Liquitex Gesso is how impressed and actually amazed I am at how far just a little bit of this gesso goes. I decided to buy gesso so I could finally paint over some dark canvases that I painted years ago when I was in a Rothko-esque phase. Because it's been so long since I last used gesso I had no idea how much I'd need. (I take it for granted that considerably more gesso is required for gessoing raw canvas.) I considered buying a 32 ounce container of a budget brand that Amazon sells, but based on my excellent experience with Liquitex products over the decades I decided to pay more for a better quality product and to start with a 16 ounce container and see how far that would go. And I am glad I did.
I poured less than 4 ounces of this gesso into a jar and applied it with a brush that I dipped in water a few times as I painted gesso over 5 dark paintings. One is 24" x 36" and the other four are 18" x 24". I did not expect that a single coat of gesso would suffice to opaquely cover the dark canvases, and they did need two coats (sanded in between coats). But I'm impressed that such a small amount of this gesso - less than 4 ounces - could go so far. Wetting the brush made the gesso a bit more workable. At their site, Liquitex says their gesso can be thinned with up to 25% water.
So 16 ounces turned out to be an ample supply of gesso for my needs (since I'm not using it for priming raw canvases but just for covering and thus renewing some canvases that I've already painted on) and I'm glad I decided to buy Liquitex premius gesso instead of budget gesso.
You can get a sense of the opacity/covering power of this gesso by looking at the image I uploaded to the customer image gallery for this product.
I'm an art snob 😉 so normally skip student art supplies and go straight for the pro version and this product was no exception. I find it can be a waste of money to purchase student grade only to have it not be of great quality, whereby you end up purchasing both (or at least I have cos I want my work to be as great as can be). So, I purchased a smaller, 8oz bottle of Liquitex Artist's Gesso (for maybe around the same price, I'm not sure) and when I ran out, I replaced it with the Basics one because of the much lower price. Honestly, I can't tell much of a difference! I believe the pro formula is more opaque and a little thicker and I like that with that series you can also choose a black or clear formula but for a standard, basic product thats essential for any artist; there isn't that much of a difference. I will continue to purchase the Basics Gesso. However, I may also try the Liquitex Professional Clear one soon, as that might be a good idea for covering my line drawing. In the meantime, I'm really, pleasantly surprised by this product and I'd highly recommend it.
By the way, my Royal & Langnickel gesso brushes in the picture were also purchased from Amazon. They have been a great buy too.
Prismacolor color pencils: Worked really well. Was able to apply a lot of water and blend. I could even go in after the watercolor was dry with more water and re-work it. Was able to use lots of water without destroying the non-watercolor paper.
Koi Watercolors: Same as the watercolor pencils, as far as how it behaved.
Several types of colored pencils: Didn't work well, I'm not a fan of using pencils over the Gesso. The lines were rougher and hard to blend and control. They created a lot of colored dust too so that could stain the picture if you aren't careful.
Sticklers: Able to apply where needed, no issues.
Acrylic paint (Americana): Was able to use acrylic without water, and also with water as more of a wash.
Iridescent Medium: Mixed with watercolor, made the applied color very shimmery. Didn't give any issues over the Gesso.
Art Masking Fluid: Worked fine on top of the Gesso. Still protected the paper from the watercolor, and when I pulled it off I could still feel the Gesso on the paper underneath.