Atelier Gesso Primer is a water based, flexible acrylic ground with a high grit content. Designed to provide a stable white surface on which to paint. Atelier Gesso Primers may be used directly from the container for all over thick textural effects. Atelier Gesso Primer is suitable for both acrylic and oil paintings, providing good paint adhesion and preventing loss of moisture.
Atelier Gesso Primer can be used directly from the container, and if applied thickly with a brush it will give texture to your canvas for painting. Alternatively, for a more even finish you can mix the gesso with water and apply 2-3 thinner coats. The gesso will dry white, giving you a clean and bright surface to begin painting. Atelier Gesso can also be tinted before application, or stained with an acrylic wash once dry, giving a different colour to your surface prior to painting.
Atelier Gesso Primer makes it easy to prepare your surface, ready for acrylics and oils. It is suitable for use on canvas, boards, and similar surfaces as a primer. It can also be used to block out and resurface unsuccessful paintings. Atelier Gesso may be applied over Binder Medium, or instead of Binder Medium, prior to painting.
Note that gesso will tighten your canvas as it dries, so it is recommended to stretch your canvas before applying the Gesso Primer.