Liquitex Black Gesso

  • Description

This pre-mixed black acrylic ground prepares your surface and adds instant colour while providing all the attributes of traditional acrylic gesso.

Some artists like to start their work on a coloured ground to reflect the painting process in a different way. One coat is usually enough. As with traditional gesso, coloured gessoes also give opaque surface coverage.

What it does

  • It contains a blend of pigments to give a matte black, opaque base which instantly eliminates your surface colour and allows you to build depth.
  • Primes surfaces and adds a high level of tooth for maximum colour adhesion and stability.
  • Stiffens your canvases and creates the optimum absorbency for paint application, providing a professional standard, archival base to help maintain the longevity of your work.
  • Establishes a suitable surface for preliminary charcoal or pencil drawings.
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Use with:

  • Graphite, pencil & charcoal
  • Acrylic & oil paints/mediums
  • Chalk & oil pastels

Use on:

  • Raw canvas
  • Hardboard & paper
  • Wood and & non-oily, porous supports


  • Fully intermixable with all Liquitex products
  • Use undiluted or thin with up to 25% water - when thinning more than 25%, use an equal mixture of water and Liquitex Matte Medium
  • Sand hard or shiny surfaces first, apply a thin coat to support with a wide, flat brush and leave to dry for at least 24 hours before starting to paint
  • To create a smoother base, sand the surface and reapply gesso
  • If using as a base for oils, apply 2-4 coats and sand between applications


  • Lightfast & archival
  • Permanent
  • Non-yellowing
  • Flexible & non-cracking
  • Water-resistant when dry
  • Intermixable with all Liquitex materials
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Black 237ml Product Code: 3920251
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  • A black diamond - Liquitex Black Gesso 237ml

    Dries quickly, covers well and provides strong background to work on. Ian Gyllenspetz (Westbury, United Kingdom) on 11 Sep 2017
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  • I just loved this product - Liquitex Black Gesso 237ml

    If i want a black background to my painting it saves my paint and covers well,if i want a grey back ground i just add white to it to get the shade i want .I think this is the best Gesso you can get . Marilyn Nutley (Hadlow, United Kingdom) on 27 Apr 2020
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  • Brilliant coverage - Liquitex Black Gesso 237ml

    No need to dry artificially. Alan Wasdell (Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom) on 17 Jun 2019
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