Gesso, Grounds & Sizes

Liquid Base Coat Value Pack Bob Ross

A set of three 188ml (4 oz.) bottles of Liquid Clear, White, and Black plus a free bottle of brush cleaner and conditioner. These non-toxic colored liquid base coats aid in the painting's foundation and keep the canvas wet, the most fundamental step in Bob Ross's "wet-on-wet" technique. Made according to precise specifications for this technique, so as to achieve superb predictable results.

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Liquid Base Coats Bob Ross

These non-toxic colored liquid base coats aid in the painting's foundation and keep the canvas wet, the most fundamental step in Bob Ross's "wet-on-wet" technique. Made according to precise specifications for this technique, so as to achieve superb predictable results.

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Watercolor Grounds Daniel Smith

These color-tinted and transparent base watercolor grounds are a great way to set the mood and atmosphere in artwork. They work best with paper, board or canvas.

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Chalky Gesso DecoArt

A super-smooth matte gesso primer ideal for fine art and decorative painting. It creates a suede-like, non-grainy finish and requires no sanding. Chalky Gesso fills in the divots and natural texture of canvas or wood to create a smooth, even surface. Oil and acrylic paint glides across the primed surface easily. Available in 6 neutral colors and 2 different sizes, Chalky Gesso enables artists to customize their primed background and enhances their finished designs.

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Media Gesso DecoArt

This gesso can be used as a primer to seal and add tooth to most surfaces for maximum acrylic and oil paint adhesion. It is highly pigmented and features smooth and flexible coverage with one coat. It can be thinned with water to the desired consistency. Dries quickly with a matte finish. It is water-based and non-toxic.

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Gamblin Ground Gamblin

This non-absorbent ground works like a traditional oil ground, leaving finished paintings brighter since the oil is left in the paint film instead of being absorbed. Two thin layers of Gamblin Ground equal four layers of acrylic gesso. Instead of linseed oil, Gamblin Ground is made with alkyd resin for increased flexibility and quicker dry time. Traditional linseed oil grounds need about six months to dry. Gamblin Ground is ready for paint application in a few days and may be used directly upon panels without sizing.

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Poly Vinyl Acetate (PVA) Size Gamblin

Diluted with distilled water, PVA size is a contemporary size for fabric support. PVA seals the fabric but does not re-absorb atmospheric moisture, preventing the size layer from swelling and shrinking. It has a neutral pH and does not yellow, plus it retains its flexibility, does not emit harmful volatiles, and protects fabric from the ground. PVA does not tighten the fabric like rabbit skin glue, so stretch fabric tightly.

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Gesso Golden

These flexible gessos are ready-to-use liquid grounds for any commonly used painting surface. Apply in thin layers to conform to a variety of textured surfaces without cracking. Apply at least three layers of gesso for oil painting over acrylic gesso.

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Sandable Hard Gesso Golden

Sandable Hard Gesso is formulated with 100% acrylic polymer emulsion with high levels of titanium dioxide, calcium carbonate and talc to produce an easily sanded, smooth and even surface for painting.

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White Gesso Spray Krylon

Seals canvas, illustration board, mat board, masonite, plaster, wood, metal and cloth surfaces. Provides the same performance characteristics as brush-on formulas, while decreasing application time dramatically. In a 11 oz. can.

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Clear Gesso Liquitex

Clear Gesso is an ideal high-tooth, stable surface for pastel, graphite, acrylic and oil colors. Use it for masking underpaintings and as a unique ground in preparation for overpainting. It will dry to form a clear to semi-opaque finish, depending upon applied thickness, and remains flexible and non-yellowing.

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Colored Gesso Liquitex

Colored priming for acrylic and oil colors. Provides the perfect tooth and adhesion to a wide variety of supports such as canvas, paper and wood. An excellent base coat for many applications such as murals. Use undiluted or thin up to 25% with water. Hue balanced; all colors are intermixable to provide a wide variety of colored grounds.

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Super Heavy Body Gesso Liquitex

This impasto, titanium white gesso has the ability to hold sculptural shape while providing all the attributes of traditional acrylic gesso. It is excellent for thick and sculptural application with a knife or brush. The gesso is flexible, non-cracking and non-yellowing when dry.

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White Gesso Liquitex

A white acrylic primer used to prepare painting surfaces for acrylic and oil colors. It is non-yellowing, flexible and non-cracking. It provides the perfect tooth and adhesion to a wide variety of supports such as canvas, paper and wood. Use undiluted or thin with water up to 25%.

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Tight ' n' Up Masterpiece

This liquid canvas re-tensioner improves or removes sagging, wrinkles and ripples in stretched canvas, leaving a tight and flat surface. When applied to the back of a painting, it causes the canvas fibers to shrink slightly, then penetrates them with a binding agent to retain the tension after it dries.

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Gesso for Artists Kit Natural Earth Paint

The world’s only eco-friendly, natural and vegan gesso for artists. This naturally non-toxic, gesso is a professional, archival-quality kit that is perfect for earth and health-conscious artists. Based on time tested recipes from the Renaissance.

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Cold Press Ground QoR

Cold Press Ground creates an absorbent, cool white surface with the appearance of rough handmade paper. A smoother finish can also be achieved by skimming with a wet palette knife during application. Ideal when a rough texture is desired for emphasizing dry brush techniques.

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Light Dimensional Ground QoR

A white, lightweight paste that spreads like frosting, Light Dimensional Ground can be applied smooth and thinly, or built up to create ridges, peaks and other interesting textures. The extremely absorbent surface of Light Dimensional Ground allows washes to spread quickly, while accommodating fine lines and detail as well. Dropping color into lightly wetted areas creates beautiful blooms.

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Watercolor Ground QoR

A fluid acrylic primer that creates a porous surface similar to hot press paper on many different materials, including canvas and panel, Watercolor Ground dries to an absorbent, lightfast and flexible surface that withstands repeated lifting and scrubbing. Suitable for a full range of watercolor techniques, including wash and staining effects, it can be used to return stained areas to an absorbent white surface.

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Fundamentals Acrylic Gesso Raw Materials

Fundamentals Acrylic Gesso is a premium, heavy bodied white gesso with maximum opacity, adhesion and water resistance. It is ideal for preparing surfaces such as canvas, cardboard, illustration board, and paper for acrylic painting. Dries to a flexible matte finish.

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Lead Oil Ground Williamsburg

A traditional ground made from pure lead carbonate and enough marble dust for the desired amount of tooth and absorbency. A heavy, thick formulation.

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Rabbit Skin Glue Williamsburg

Genuine rabbit skin glue. A traditional ground for oil painting. Contains no hoof or hide.

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Titanium Oil Ground Williamsburg

A high quality oil ground that contains no lead. This soft, fine white ground is made of titanium white, marble dust and linseed oil for flexibility. It is so heavy it can be cut in half with turpentine.

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Oil Painting Primer Winsor & Newton

A white primer for oil or alkyd painting. May be brushed onto glue-sized canvas or untreated wood hardboard, plywood, paper or metal. Warning: Contains barium and lead dryers.

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Gesso - Black Art Alternatives Special Order Only

Save your black paint and make a stunning background with this opaque black primer! Art Alternatives Black Gesso provides a sufficiently rigid yet pliable surface with a clean black satin finish. It has a slight tooth to aid adhesion, dries quickly and will not crack. No prior sizing necessary. It is ideal for use with acrylics, oils or tempera, on a variety of porous surfaces including canvas, wood panels and paper. It also makes a great base for colored pencil, soft and oil pastels, crayon, paint markers, spray paint and more.

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Gesso - White Art Alternatives Special Order Only

Art Alternatives titanium-based white acrylic primer provides a reliable, classic foundation which is permanent, non-yellowing and flexible when dry. No prior sizing necessary. Great for artists and students alike, it may be used on a variety of porous surfaces, such as canvas, wood and other panels, or paper with oil, acrylic, alkyd and spray paint. Multiple coats may be sanded to create a smooth portrait surface.

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Gesso Bob Ross Special Order Only

Dark backgrounds and varied contrasts are easily achieved with this gesso. It primes canvases and retains a controlled brushing surface for oil painting. Apply very thinly with a foam applicator (not a brush) and allow to dry completely before starting to paint on surface.

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Gesso Certified Artist Special Order Only

This economical gesso features fast drying time, maximum coverage and a smooth, hard surface. It is designed for durability and has all of the standard absorbency, drag and tooth properties of the medium. Its fast drying time provides artists with the advantage of beginning painting a lot sooner than with other gessos.

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Acrylic White Gesso Daniel Smith Special Order Only

Daniel Smith's Acrylic Titanium White Gesso has a thick yet brushable consistency. This heavy coverage gesso allows a complete finish in two coats instead of three. Acrylic Gesso is more flexible than oil grounds, and does not contain oil acids that can deteriorate cotton and linen canvas fibers.

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Iridescent Gold Acrylic Gesso Daniel Smith Special Order Only

This iridescent gold acrylic gesso has a lustrous metallic sheen from the mica and iron oxides it is made with. This gives oil and acrylic artists a gorgeous, luminous surface to paint on, quite different from regular white gesso. You will love how the radiant, golden sheen peeks out between gaps in your brushstrokes or in reserved golden areas when you paint. Oil and acrylic paints that are transparent will allow the golden glow to show through their transparent color. This gesso gives artists a vibrant, lightfast and archival choice for their substrate color, giving their paintings an enhancing, luminous glow.

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Acrylic Gesso Grumbacher Special Order Only

Prepare surfaces for overpainting with oil and acrylic colors with this thick acrylic gesso primer. Use it on canvas, wood, paper, untempered pressed board, cardboard, plaster, concrete and masonry. Thin it to the desired consistency with water or matte medium. It can also be tinted with acrylic color.

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Acryla Colored Gesso Holbein Special Order Only

Holbein Colored Gesso is thick, creamy and offers superb coverage and great opacity. It is made with high-chroma, lightfast pigments and can be used as a successful ground or as a painting medium on its own. Finishing without brush strokes, it has a vivid matte finish and is ideal for mural painting. An innovative package design provides for easy pouring and storage.

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Acrylic Sizing Lascaux Special Order Only

Conservator-grade sizing for canvas, wood and other supports. Made from a pure acrylic emulsion modified with special protective agents and biocides, which make it elastic, resistant to aging and pH balanced. Because it is impervious to moisture, it combats support expansion and contraction due to humidity changes.

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Gesso Lascaux Special Order Only

This semi-absorbent primer is for canvas painters seeking an oil ground feel in an acrylic primer. Extremely high pigment content and adhesion for maximum coverage and permanence. Excellent for oil, acrylic and tempera painting, especially with glazing techniques. Same archival characteristics as Lascaux Primer with additional tooth and absorbency. Coated fabrics can be rolled.

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BASICS Gesso Liquitex Special Order Only

A sealer and ground for all absorbent surfaces that will readily accept paint.

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Gesso Sennelier Special Order Only

This acrylic gesso is a universal primer with great coverage for non-oily surfaces. It can be tinted by pre-mixing with Sennelier Acrylics, and is recommended for acrylic, oil, and egg tempera. Packaged in an innovative pouch that makes application simple.

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Artists' Acrylic Clear Gesso Winsor & Newton Special Order Only

Made from unpigmented clear resin which provides excellent tooth but dries completely clear. You can make your own colored gesso primers by the addition of acrylic colors. It is fast drying and provides a balanced absorbency. It dries to a flexible ground suitable for acrylic, oil and alkyd painting. It is also suitable for making a pastel surface on paper.

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Artists' Acrylic White Gesso Winsor & Newton Special Order Only

Made with the highest quality acrylic resin, this gesso has a superior level of pigmentation to give maximum covering power. It is fast drying and opaque and dries to give an excellent level of tooth and a balanced absorbency. Dries to a flexible ground suitable for acrylic, oil and alkyd painting.

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Galeria Gesso Primer Winsor & Newton Special Order Only

Good quality gesso at an affordable price, a perfect support for acrylics.

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