Gessoes and Grounds offer artists a variety of ways to prepare substrates for acrylic paintings or other art media such as oil, alkyds, charcoal, pastels and watercolour. Gesso can be thought of as the bridge between the support and the paint. Gesso is designed to penetrate a support and provide a surface for the adherence of paint. Proper preparation of the support with Gesso can increase the life span of the artwork. Gesso is formulated to be flexible and is highly pigmented for opaque coverage.
A Ground is a product that provides a desired surface on which to paint. Grounds can provide a surface to apply pastels, watercolour or other products. Two specialty grounds: Absorbent Ground and Acrylic Ground for Pastels. Absorbent Ground is applied to any gessoed support and mimics the absorbency of watercolour paper. Acrylic Ground for Pastels contains a gritty solid to allow pastels and other drawing media to adhere to the surface. Several other products can be used as effective grounds.
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