Liquitex Gesso Primer

  • Description
  • How to Use

A classic titanium white acrylic ground to prepare your surface and add a high level of tooth.

Flexible, non-cracking and non-yellowing when dry. Provides the perfect "tooth" and adhesion to a wide variety of supports such as canvas, paper and wood. Excellent base coat primer for many applications such as murals. 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 matte white, opaque finish which 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 good surface for preliminary charcoal or pencil drawings
Show more


Use with:

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

Use on:

  • Raw canvas
  • Hardboard & paper
  • Wood & 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
  • Add acrylic colour for a custom 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
Show more

118ml Product Code: 3904010
in stock
Buy this and earn 8 reward points
RRP: £11.35 £7.98
237ml Product Code: 3904020
in stock
Buy this and earn 13 reward points
RRP: £18.55 £13.03
473ml Product Code: 3904030
in stock
Buy this and earn 17 reward points
RRP: £24.70 £17.36
946ml Product Code: 3904040
in stock
Buy this and earn 23 reward points
RRP: £38.30 £22.58
1.89Ltr Product Code: 3904050
in stock
Buy this and earn 46 reward points
RRP: £65.60 £46.13

User Reviews

Review this item
  • Great product - Liquitex Gesso Primer 1.89Ltr

    Its quite expensive but for me its worth it. It is fluid and has a great smooth consistency, when dry can be sanded. I use it to prime canvas mainly but have primed wood also.

    Perfect Simon Taylor (Oldham, United Kingdom) on 18 Apr 2013
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you? yes | no
  • Practical container, good coverage. - Liquitex Gesso Primer 473ml

    I had always bought gesso in pots and fallen victim either to tipping it up on the floor, or leaving the lid off and having the gesso dry out or go mouldy. The Liquitex bottle solves both problems; you just squirt out what you want and seal the top back down.
    This gesso is a bit thinner than I've used before but it spreads and covers my mdf and cardboard very well. Christine Derrick (Bristol, United Kingdom) on 18 Dec 2013
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you? yes | no
  • Good quality gesso - Liquitex Gesso Primer 237ml

    This gesso is good quality, creates a great base for acrylic paint. Judy Musselle (Southport, United Kingdom) on 6 Apr 2012
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you? yes | no

You may also be interested in:

Liquitex Black Gesso
Liquitex Black Gesso
9 reviews
Liquitex Clear Gesso
Liquitex Clear Gesso
1 review
Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso
Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso
Liquitex Glazing Medium
Liquitex Glazing Medium
from £7.98
12 reviews
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic 59ml Tubes
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic 59ml Tubes
from £6.76
85 reviews
Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder
Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder
10 reviews
Loxley Canvas Boards
Loxley Canvas Boards
from £1.25
247 reviews
Winsor & Newton Refined Linseed Oil
Winsor & Newton Refined Linseed Oil
from £5.02
8 reviews
View All Brands