Discover ... Gesso Wooden Painting Panels
22 October 2013
There are multiple priming materials you can use to prepare the surface of your panel for painting; however one of our continued favourites is gesso. Traditional artist gesso is a mixture of Rabbit Skin Glue and Whiting, which creates a soft and slightly more absorbent painting surface than acrylic primer due to its chalky quality. The gesso dries in a hard layer which can then be built up and sanded back to your desired finish! This is the ideal artwork support for artists who require an exceptionally smooth surface for highly detailed work. Our technicians can apply the gesso in a bespoke spray booth to either Birch Ply, Gaboon Red Wood Ply or low emission Ecologique MDF panels, creating a consistent finish without any brush marks. Some artists choose to leave parts of this gesso surface exposed, becoming an intrinsic part of the artwork. Our technicians recently created a series of dramatic aluminium panels prepared with black gesso for Idris Khan. The artist then used a text stamp straight onto the gesso surface to create striking work for his current exhibition ‘Beyond the Black’ at Victoria Miro Gallery. For more information on commissioning a series of gesso panels, please contact a member of our Artist Surfaces team or view the primer selection in our online store.