Primers and Gessoes

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What media can I use on an acrylic gesso?

    Acrylic gesso is primarily intended for acrylics, oils, and alkyds. There are acrylic-based watercolor grounds and other absorbent grounds that provide the ideal surface for watercolor and ink. Pastel grounds are specially designed to provide the right tooth and texture for pastel artwork. Encaustic should not be applied on acrylic gesso except for specially formulated encaustic gesso. Acrylic gesso is not considered absorbent enough for egg tempera.