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Similar to regular gesso, Matisse Black Gesso is a permanent flexible primer for canvas, board or even paper. This intense black ground has an excellent tooth for easy paint manipulation and dries to a completely opaque layer. If working on canvas, it will tighten the canvas, providing a firmer ground to paint on. Due to its characteristically thick texture, it is recommended that Black Gesso be applied with a spatula or blade on raw canvas or linen. If you are using a brush, mix with equal parts water, particularly for the first coats. 


  • 500ml
  • dries in 1-3 hours
  • suitable as a preparation for acrylic and oil paints

Matisse MM25 Black Gesso

SKU: VMM250500