View Full Version : Whats with this using gesso?

08-02-2005, 08:53 AM
I have seen a few posts lately where people talk about using gesso in an acrylic paining - and not just to prime the support.

Can anyone explain please, or point me a link to a good explanation? It sounds like something I should know about and want to use.

Many thanks

Lady Carol
08-02-2005, 09:11 AM
Nick gesso can be used for a host of things.

It is mainly used to prepare the canvas for painting (as you know). You can also use it as a white. I use it when I have run out of my titanium white. Does a very similar job. You can also add textures to it if you want a particular density to the painting. If you hate the painting, gesso can be used to essentially wipe out the previous efforts so you can reuse the canvas.

There maybe other uses but I have used it for these applications.

08-02-2005, 09:17 AM
:wave: Hi Nick,
i don't know about anyone else....but i use it to get texture on a canvas...making random shapes or patterns..or just my fingers or i use a knife...flatly to get little sort of soft peaks...you can also use anything at all to make marks...and so add interest to a background....and ofcourse during a painting when i want to paint over an area after a mistake.

08-02-2005, 09:47 AM
Umm I am getting the picture, I think.

I imagine it is very opaque and covers well. Its sounds like it is quite think (I have never used it).

Thanks for you quick replies.

08-02-2005, 11:50 PM
I've been using gesso instead of titanium white, especially in the later stages of a painting. It's more opaque than titanium white, and also adds some extra body to the paint film.

08-03-2005, 08:44 AM
I often use gesso to as a mixing white, to blend!

The Intimate Collection (the 3 paintings in my signature line) were painted using gesso as a texure medium. You can see the WIP's here:

#1 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262886)

#2 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=263737)

#3 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=263861)

Hope they prove helpful!

08-03-2005, 09:02 AM

That great Anita -I must get some and have a go.
Here is a picture that I would like to have a go at - these things fascinate me. They are like alien spaceships!

08-03-2005, 05:53 PM
Thanx Nick, glad you found them useful. Great ref.....They are interesting flowers indeed!
Be sure to PM me a link to the thread when you give it a go!