DANIEL SMITH has 3 Acrylic Gessos for oil painting as well as alkyds and acrylics:
Titanium White 16 oz. and 32 oz. – in traditional white.
Iridescent Gold – has a gorgeous luminescent glow.
Transparent – is wonderful for mixed media, it allows the substrate color or pattern to show through.
Our Acrylic Gessos are easy to use, they are manufactured with a high-grade acrylic emulsion which provides optimal flexibility and durability, which make them more flexible than any of the oil based grounds. DS Acrylic Gessos do not contain the oil acids of traditional oil grounds, which tended to deteriorate cotton or linen canvas fibers, so that an under sizing, such as rabbit skin glue, was needed with oil gesso. No under sizing is necessary with our Acrylic Gesso, and none should be used.
The DANIEL SMITH Acrylic Gessos are excellent for absorbent surfaces such as canvas, paper, hardboard, plaster etc. Thick, brushable and heavily pigmented, the gessos are designed to be used as a ground for oils, alkyds and acrylics to protect those types of absorbent substrates.
Because the gesso base is an acrylic emulsion, it cleans up easily with water and soap, once dried, the gesso becomes permanent. Brushes should be cleaned up immediately after use. The gesso can be thinned with up to 10% with clean water.
All 3 of the DANIEL SMITH Acrylic Gessos are lightfast, archival and acid free.
DANIEL SMITH offers Acrylic Gessos for traditional painting as well as innovative, and creative uses.
Transparent Acrylic Gesso partially painted onto wood panel:
First third is un-gessoed and shows only wood.
Middle third is Transparent Gesso on wood.
Last third is Transparent Gesso painted over white, textured decorative paper, and over the wood panel.
Iridescent Gold Acrylic Gesso partially painted onto white gessoed canvas.