Gesso & Primers

Similar to applying a basecoat primer when painting a wall at home, canvas must also be primed using a ground. Because canvas is a porous surface, paint can seep into its fibers like a sponge. Priming the canvas prevents this seepage. The most common ground used is gesso, which should be applied in several coats. Gesso can safely be used with both oil and acrylic paints. Canvas is available already primed with ground, or in the raw. Canvas board and pre-stretched canvas are generally pre-primed. You may even want to gesso pre-primed canvas to ensure maximum archival standards and premium surface quality.

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  1. Art Alternatives Black Gesso 16oz

    Art Alternatives Black Gesso 16oz

    List Price: $14.99 Plaza Price: $11.99
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  2. Art Alternatives White Gesso 32oz

    Art Alternatives White Gesso 32oz

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  3. BASICS Gesso 8.45oz Tube

    BASICS Gesso 8.45oz Tube

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  4. Golden Silverpoint Drawing Ground 8oz

    Golden Silverpoint Drawing Ground 8oz

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  5. Daniel Smith Acrylic Gesso Titanium White 16oz

    Daniel Smith Acrylic Gesso Titanium White 16oz

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  6. Krylon White Gesso Spray

    Krylon White Gesso Spray

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  7. Fredrix Powdered Marble 4lb

    Fredrix Powdered Marble 4lb

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  8. Fredrix Oil Priming Quart

    Fredrix Oil Priming Quart

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  9. Gamblin PVA Size 8oz

    Gamblin PVA Size 8oz

    List Price: $13.00 Plaza Price: $9.75
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  10. Gamblin Ground 8oz

    Gamblin Ground 8oz

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  11. QoR Cold Press Ground 237ml

    QoR Cold Press Ground 237ml

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  12. QoR Light Dimensional Ground 237ml

    QoR Light Dimensional Ground 237ml

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  13. QoR Watercolor Ground 237ml

    QoR Watercolor Ground 237ml

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  14. Golden Absorbent Ground 8oz

    Golden Absorbent Ground 8oz

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  15. Golden White Gesso 8oz

    Golden White Gesso 8oz

    List Price: $16.19 Plaza Price: $11.33
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  16. Golden Pastel Ground 8oz

    Golden Pastel Ground 8oz

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  17. Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground Titanium White 16oz

    Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground Titanium White 16oz

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  18. Liquitex White Gesso 4oz

    Liquitex White Gesso 4oz

    List Price: $10.99 Plaza Price: $8.79
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  19. Liquitex Clear Gesso 4oz

    Liquitex Clear Gesso 4oz

    List Price: $10.99 Plaza Price: $8.79
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  20. Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso 8oz

    Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso 8oz

    List Price: $16.29 Plaza Price: $13.03
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  21. Liquitex Neutral Gray Gesso 8oz

    Liquitex Neutral Gray Gesso 8oz

    List Price: $16.29 Plaza Price: $13.03
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  22. Liquitex Black Gesso 8oz

    Liquitex Black Gesso 8oz

    List Price: $16.29 Plaza Price: $13.03
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  23. Plaza Studio Gesso Pint

    Plaza Studio Gesso Pint

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  24. Daniel Smith Acrylic Gesso Iridescent Gold 16oz

    Daniel Smith Acrylic Gesso Iridescent Gold 16oz

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