Liquitex Clear Acrylic Gesso

MP Code #MP-00618-015   
$12.99 - $27.79
$6.99 - $14.99

A very clear size and ground that keeps the working surface visible. Great for preparing surfaces for dry media as well as makes excellent ground for acrylics or oils. Matte sheen. Transparent. Choose size.

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Very clear size and ground that keeps the working surface visible

Liquitex clear gesso can be used to prepare the surface of canvas, paper, wood, or any clean, porous, non-oily surface. This clear ground gives your surfaces an ideal tooth for creating works in dry media like chalk pastels, oil pastels, graphite or charcoal as well as makes an excellent ground for acrylic and oil paints.
  • Sizes and primes while maintaining the original chromatic appearance of the surface
  • Creates a high tooth surface that is ideal for chalk pastels, oil pastels, graphite, and charcoal
  • Excellent ground for acrylic and oil painting surfaces
  • Mix with some acrylic paint to tint. Use a small amount of transparent or translucent acrylic colors to maintain the ground's transparency while tinting.
  • Dries clear to translucent depending on the thickness of your application layer
  • Produces a flexible, yet non-cracking and non-yellowing seal when dry
  • Makes an excellent base coat primer for many applications like murals
  • Matte sheen
  • Transparent

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  • Great Ground, Too Costly, Too Little in a Bottle

    Reviewed on 7/16/2012

    As reviewed by Rhiannon

    Experience: PROFESSIONAL

    I used Liquitex Clear Acrylic Gesso twice: the quart sparsely covered two 3'x4' canvases, and because of the price, I never reordered. I LOVED it. I tried it before I made a habit of oil priming my gessoed canvases. Compared to my usual Utrecht Artist's Acrylic Gesso (it was a bullet point of my painting education that Utrecht's gesso is the one to use), the surface was much smoother and took paint more readily. To other painters, the oddly luminous, quasi-encaustic quality of the ground is immediately apparent, and the off-white tone of a high quality canvas is a decent surface on which to begin a painting. Like I said, I loved this gesso. But it is unreasonably expensive, in my opinion. For the price, I might as well just start with a generous oil priming and save on the volume and cost of pigmented paints above it. If it were more reasonably priced, I have no doubt that Liquitex would have a big portion of the market cornered with such a unique ground. Too bad.

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