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Gesso and Priming Materials

Artists are very particular about their gesso. Some gessos provide a smoother surface, while others offer a surface with more tooth. Some gessos are more absorbent than others. Try out a small jar from each of several brands and choose the one that works best for you.

Traditionally, a gesso is supposed to have some tooth or texture in order to provide better adherance for the paint. This is particularly important when using oil paints on an acrylic base. However, there are gessos that are designed to be sanded smooth. At the same time, a gesso is supposed to prevent all of the medium, traditionally linseed oil, from being absorbed into the underlying support. But if there were no absorption or tooth at all, the two layers would not form a polymer bond. The right gesso is a particular tradeoff, in which the properties of both the paint and the surface matter.

Before the 1950s, all gesso was made of animal glue. Since the 1950s, acrylic gesso has largely replaced animal glues. Most artists feel that acrylic provides a more flexible surface and creates a painting that is easier to maintain. However, Swinton's continues to make traditional materials available for those who want them.

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Black Gesso

Black Gesso (Demco)

Provides a dark absorbent surface ideal for painting.

Golden Crackle Paste

Golden Crackle Paste

Thick, opaque cracking surface.

Gesso - Wood Formula (Black)

Gesso - Wood Formula (Black)

Perfectly seals the porous wood surface in preparation for painting.

Golden Absorbent Ground White

Golden Absorbent Ground White

Dries to a porous, paper-like surface.

GOLDEN Gel Mediums & Pastes - Extra Heavy Gel

GOLDEN Gel Mediums & Pastes - Extra Heavy Gel

Excellent for holding peaks and impasto techniques.

golden soft gels

GOLDEN Gel Mediums & Pastes - Soft Gel

Produce a brilliant glaze.

golden gesso

Golden Gesso - White & Black

Flexible ready-to-use liquid grounds.

Golden Molding Paste

Golden Hard Molding Paste

Excellent for building surfaces.

Golden Light Molding Paste

Golden Light Molding Paste

Excellent for building surfaces. Dramatic weight reduction.

Golden Matte Medium

Golden Matte Medium

Can be used as ground instead of gesso.

Golden Molding Paste

Golden Molding Paste

Excellent for building surfaces.

Golden Pumice Gels

Golden Pumice Gels

Create textured surfaces.

Liquitex Clear Gesso

Liquitex Clear Gesso

Perfect primer that creates a transparent surface to paint on.

Pro Art Artist's Acrylic Gesso

Pro Art Artist's Acrylic Gesso

Economically priced acrylic primer.

Golden Sandable Hard Gesso

Golden Sandable Hard Gesso

Easily sanded, smooth surface.

Golden Aerosol Ground for Pastel

Golden Aerosol Ground for Pastel

Increase tooth of your canvas to be like pastel paper.

Rabbit Skin Glue

Rabbit Skin Glue

Utrecht Highest Grade Rabbit Skin Glue {one pound bag}

Economy Gesso - Gallon (ProArt & Demco)

Economy Gesso - Gallon (Demco)

An excellent economically priced acrylic primer for absorbent surfaces. This gesso provides an ideal surface for oils or acrylics.

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