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Gesso - the primer for your projects

Gesso is the base for your projects. You use it to prime canvases, paper, wooden elements, decoupage or styrofoam elements so that watercolor or acrylic paints are not absorbed by them.

Gesso is the base for your projects. You use it to prime canvases, paper, wooden elements, decoupage or styrofoam elements so that watercolor or acrylic paints are not absorbed by them. read more »
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Gesso - the primer for your projects

Gesso is the base for your projects. You use it to prime canvases, paper, wooden elements, decoupage or styrofoam elements so that watercolor or acrylic paints are not absorbed by them.

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Pentart - Gesso black
Pentart - Gesso black
Content 100 Milliliter
€3.99 *
100 ml
€3.99 *
€3.99 * / 100 Milliliter
230 ml
€7.80 *
€3.39 * / 100 Milliliter

Ready for immediate shipment, delivery time approx. 5-7 days*

Pentart - Gesso weiß klein
Pentart - Gesso white
Content 100 Milliliter
€3.99 *
100 ml
€3.99 *
€3.99 * / 100 Milliliter
230 ml
€7.80 *
€3.39 * / 100 Milliliter

Ready for immediate shipment, delivery time approx. 5-7 days*

Decoart Media Gesso white
Decoart Media - Gesso white
Content 118 Milliliter (€4.83 * / 100 Milliliter)
€5.70 *

Ready for immediate shipment, delivery time approx. 5-7 days*

Finnabair - Heavy Gesso black
Finnabair - Heavy Gesso black
Content 59 Milliliter (€4.36 * / 100 Milliliter)
€10.90 *
59 ml
€5.99 *
€10.15 * / 100 Milliliter
250 ml
€10.90 *
€4.36 * / 100 Milliliter

Ready for immediate shipment, delivery time approx. 5-7 days*

Finnabair - Gesso transparent
Finnabair - Gesso Clear
Content 250 Milliliter (€4.36 * / 100 Milliliter)
€10.90 *

Ready for immediate shipment, delivery time approx. 5-7 days*

Finnabair - Heavy Gesso white
Finnabair - Heavy Gesso white
Content 59 Milliliter (€4.36 * / 100 Milliliter)
€10.90 *
59 ml
€5.99 *
€10.15 * / 100 Milliliter
250 ml
€10.90 *
€4.36 * / 100 Milliliter

Ready for immediate shipment, delivery time approx. 5-7 days*

What is gesso?

Gesso is a primer. In mixed media it is used to make the surface less absorbent. For example, paper that is not pre-treated with gesso would absorb the color and lose its luminosity. Gesso works here like a protective layer, which ensures that the paint or even water does not penetrate so much into the material and thus protects the absorbent surface on the one hand and on the other hand the luminosity of watercolor and acrylic paints. Unlike with absorbent materials, you can also use Gesso to make a surface adhesive. With metal parts it can be difficult to get colors to stick at all. But if you brush them with Gesso beforehand, you will have created a surface on metal parts to which colors will adhere wonderfully.

Where and how do I use Gesso?

Gesso can be used everywhere where you want to protect the underground. For example paper, wooden elements, metal parts, paper flowers, styrofoam elements or decoupage forms are conceivable.
Gesso can be used like a wall paint. You dip your brush into the gesso and use it to paint your surface. For paper I recommend a relatively thin layer. For wooden elements it depends on whether you want to see the structure shining through or not. Sometimes you might even need two or three layers to achieve the desired opacity. It is also important that you let each layer dry well or dry it with a hot air dryer. Otherwise, the wet gesso is only "pushed" from one side to the other and you won't get a nice, even result.

Which Gesso do I use for what?

Gesso is available in three different versions. Black, white and transparent. I recommend transparent gesso if you want to see the background. So for example with layouts. White gesso is the all-rounder. You can use it for just about everything. But please note that white can make the color intensity appear a bit brighter afterwards. Black gesso is perfect if you need a dark base for your project.