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Liquitex Professional Black Gesso Surface Prep Medium Bottle, 8-Ounce
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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 250ml 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
Establishes a color ground while providing all the attributes of traditional acrylic gesso. Some like to start their work on a colored ground to reflect the painting process in a different way. One coat is usually enough. As with traditional gesso, colored gessoes also give opaque surface coverage.
|White Gesso||Clear Gesso||Super Heavy Gesso||BASICS 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.||BASICS Gesso is a good quality, value, priced surface preparation alternative to professional grade 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.||Usually takes two coats to seal supports.|
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.
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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.
Anyway, I found the Liquitex gesso easy to work with; it washes right off with warm water and some dishwashing liquid. I always make sure I get every atom of paint or gesso out of my brushes when I'm through with them, so they don't get clogged with old dry paint. This is especially important down at the base of the bristles. The Liquitex gesso came right out, and since it has very low odor and dries quickly, I had absolutely no problems or complaints. I even hand-stirred the tub using a bent coat hanger, and it blended nicely. This product is not like regular latex room or house paint -- it stays in suspension for a long time and the pigment doesn't seem to settle to the bottom, like most latex paints do.
I'd highly recommend Liquitex gesso. Maybe all gesso is about the same; but I'm not taking chances! I know Liquitex is a 5-star product at a good price from Amazon. That's all I need to know.
Do NOT use it to cover water-soluble media such as pastel, watercolour pencil, water-based markers, etc. It WILL make them bleed. This is ONLY to be used on non-water-soluble media. HOWEVER, it makes an excellent surface prep for those water-based media. It is especially fantastic for watercolour pencil and pastel, since it gives the paper lots of tooth to catch the pigment.
It CAN be used over INKTENSE pencils & blocks AFTER they've been fixed with water.
The best use of this is surface prep of coloured paper, which white gesso cannot be used on (well, unless you want to make it white lol)
As for this gesso, you won't need much at all to get a wonderful coverage. It is very opaque and applies evenly and covers even the darkest colors very easily. I generally only have to apply one coat for most colors unless I'm covering a lot of black and I might use two coats. After I apply each coat I sand the canvas with a fine to medium grain sand paper to give it a nice smooth working surface and presto! It's like new and no one ever has to know I'm working on a used canvas.