Liquitex Clear Gesso

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  • How to Use

A clear  ground that keeps the working surface visable whilst preparing the surfice and adding a high level of tooth. Clear Gesso provides an ideal degree of tooth for pastel, oil pastel, graphite, and charcoal as well as an excellent ground for acrylic and oil paints. This gesso is ideal for painting over coloured or pattered surfaces or over an under drawing. Mix with acrylic colour to establish a tinted transparent/translucent ground. Dries clear to translucent depending on thickness. One coat is usually enough.

What it does

  • Primes surfaces and adds a high level of tooth for maximum colour adhesion and stability.
  • Gives a transparent matte finish which allows the original surface to show through and provides a professional standard, archival base to help maintain the longevity of your work.
  • Stiffens your canvases and creates the optimum absorbency for paint application.
  • Establishes a suitable surface for preliminary charcoal or pencil drawings.
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Use with:

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

Use on:

  • Raw canvas
  • Colored & patterned supports
  • Hardboard & paper
  • Wood & non-oily, porous supports
  • 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 (avoiding overbrushing) 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.
  • Add a transparent/semi-opaque acrylic color for a custom sheer tint - Soft Body Acrylic is the optimum consistency.


  • Lightfast & archival
  • Permanent
  • Non-yellowing
  • Flexible & non-cracking
  • Water-resistant when dry
  • Intermixable with all Liquitex materials
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237ml Product Code: 3940052
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RRP: £16.80 £12.77

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  • paintings on unpainted wooden furniture - Liquitex Clear Gesso 237ml

    I had not tested this before but have recently done so. I am about to use it to prepare the front of a plain wooden varnished breadbin so that I can paint a trompe l'oeil rat on the wooden background. The test on a piece of scrap wood worked very well and the clear Gesso seems to give as much tooth as the white. Vivien Bryce (Tenhola, Finland) on 2 Mar 2013
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