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Frequently Asked Questions

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What color is FolkArt Gesso?

For artists working in many art forms, FolkArt Gesso is available in the most used color: White. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; backgrou...

On what surfaces can I use FolkArt Gesso?

FolkArt Gesso can be applied to most non-glass surfaces to prepare or prime the surface prior to painting.  Surfaces such as wood, terra cotta, non-primed canvas, and papier mache can be primed using Gesso.  .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b...

Should I shake FolkArt Gesso before using?

It is best to shake FolkArt Gesso well prior to use, to fully incorporate the medium. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #...

What is the best way to apply FolkArt Gesso?

FolkArt Gesso should be brushed directly onto the chosen surface using long smooth brushstrokes.  It is best to apply a light coat of Gesso, allow it to dry and then reapply a second application again using long smooth strokes. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-ri...

What are the best application tools to use when applying FolkArt Gesso to a project surface?

In most cases, FolkArt Gesso is applied to project surfaces using a soft to medium bristle brush.  However, other art tools such as: a foam applicator, a sponge, and even a palette knife can be used to apply Gesso. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px soli...

How long does it take FolkArt Gesso to dry once applied to a surface?

When brushing a light, smooth coat of FolkArt Gesso to a surface, allow approximately 10 to 20 minutes for the application of Gesso to dry. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_bu...

Can FolkArt Gesso be used to add texture to a project surface?

Because FolkArt Gesso is created as a medium body product, it can be used to create slight textures to a project surface using a variety of texture tools. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px sol...

Does FolkArt Gesso hold up well on outdoor surfaces?

By itself, no.  Because FolkArt Gesso is intended to be used as a primer to prepare a surface and is not manufactured in the multi-surface formula, it cannot withstand outdoor weather. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px sol...

Can I add color to FolkArt Gesso to color and prime a surface as the same time?

Yes, acrylic paint such as FolkArt Acrylics or FolkArt Multi-Surface paints can be mixed with Gesso to slightly color the medium and then used to prepare or prime a surface.  This will give the surface a base tint prior to painting a basecoat of color. .tb_button {padding:1p...

Should I directly apply a topcoat of paint over FolkArt Gesso?

FolkArt Gesso is manufactured as a medium used to prime or prepare a surface.  So, yes, applying a basecoat of color over the Gesso once dry and cured is recommended.  .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bo...
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