What is gesso?
Gesso is an important art supply that is used to get your canvas ready for painting. It is very similar to white acrylic pain, but has a much greater versatility. It works as a primer for any surface, making it slightly textured. providing the needed “tooth” so that paint can “stick” on your surface.
You can apply gesso to almost any surface, and then paint on that surface with acrylic paint. You can apply a layer of gesso on fabric, burlap, paper, wood and you can then paint on it with acrylics! The possibilities are endless!
Here are my TOP 7 Ways to Use GESSO.
Gesso is traditionally white, but nowadays you can also buy black or clear gesso readymade.
Using the Clear Gesso you can mix it with your favorite colors to have a tinted version that goes with what ever color palette you are working with.
There are two different grades of gesso: Artist(Professional) grade and Student grade. The primary difference between the two is the ratio of pigment to filler. Artist(Professional) grade has more pigment, will be more opaque and higher in priced. The student grade has less pigment(more filler), does not cover as well and is cheaper in price.
I have found the consistency and texture of the gesso will vary from brand to brand. he The consistency and texture of gesso will vary from brand to brand. Some are more liquidy and others are more thick. Some apply more smoothly and others leave a more textured, toothy surface. Your choice of brands will depend on what you are using it for.
Final Thoughts: You will have to experiment with different brands gesso to decide which consistency and opacity best meets your needs. I have found that the Professional level best meets my needs for high opacity. Have fun experimenting.
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