View Full Version : Do I need to prime 300 lb cp watercolor paper?

07-02-2002, 01:45 AM

I just started working with acrylics and I used 300 lb cp watercolor paper. I didn't prime it. Do I need to? Should I use Gesso? I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do. Any help would be appreciated!
Thank you.

07-02-2002, 03:11 AM
You don't need to prime paper to work on it with acrylics, just as if you were using watercolours. You can prime it if you choose to but it changes the handling characteristics very much which you might like, or not.


07-02-2002, 12:41 PM
Thank you for the information Einion. Just out of curiousity, in what way would priming the surface change the characteristics? Would it just be smoother?

07-02-2002, 04:17 PM
If you gesso the paper it won't be absorbent, which makes the paint feel different sometimes. It's worth trying to see if you like it. :) I personally don't like gesso on paper.

If you work with oils that's when you have to gesso. Oils can't be used on absorbant surfaces (the oil will seep in and rot over time).


07-02-2002, 07:00 PM
Thank you Einion and Tina. You've both been very helpful!