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Liquitex Professional White Gesso Surface Prep Medium, 8-oz
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- Premium acrylic gesso used to prepare painting surfaces for acrylic and oil paint
- Lightweight, non-toxic and dries to a water-resistant, non-yellowing surface
- Includes 8-oz / 237ml bottle of medium
- 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
The classic white sealer and ground for absorbent surfaces, such as canvas, paper, or wood. Provides the proper surface sizing, tooth and absorbency for acrylic and oil paints. Traditional gesso is meant to be opaque titanium white for good coverage. Two coats are recommended under oil color.
Super Heavy Gesso
|Also available:||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.||BASICS Gesso is a good quality, value, priced surface preparation alternative to professional grade gesso.|
|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.||Usually takes two coats to seal supports.|
Liquitex offers the broadest range of acrylic mediums to inspire creativity at every stage of the painting process. Surface Prep Mediums 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 one coat, and adding Liquitex Soft Body color to any gesso creates customized tints and primers. Liquitex Gesso Surface Prep Medium is a premium acrylic gesso used to prepare painting surfaces for acrylic and oil paint. Excellent base coat primer for many applications, including murals; one coat is usually all that is required. Can be applied to any material or surface that will accept traditional acrylic media, such as canvas, paper, wood, etc. Liquitex Surface Prep Mediums are lightweight, non-toxic, and dry to a water-resistant, non-yellowing surface. APPLICATION: Use undiluted or thin up to 25% with water. When thinning more than 25%, use an equal mixture of water and Liquitex Matte Medium to thin gesso. Tint with up to 10% Liquitex Soft Body or Heavy Body Artist Colors. Visit our Liquitex Amazon Storefront for full product assortment.This package contains 8oz/237mL of Gesso.
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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.
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.