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Artist Paint Primer & Sealer

Take a look through this superb range of artist paint primer and sealer and you will see plenty of options from some of the leading art supplies brands on the market. Important for any project, primer is what you will need to apply to your surface, such as the canvas or wood, before you start to paint. It will enable that surface to be as smooth and as absorbent as your paint will need to have its full effect. Artist paint sealer or size is also crucial at the beginning for oil paintings to stop your surface letting oil sink into the surface fibres.

Oil Primer

Oil primer tends to dry to a rather sleek finish. It therefore allows the paint to slide smoothly across the surface. This means that it is good to use with oil paints, but it should not be used with acrylic paints or watercolour paints as it takes longer to dry and therefore might disrupt the structure of your paint surface.

Acrylic Primer

Unlike oil primer, acrylic primer can be applied directly to the raw natural fibres or canvas surface. Indeed, if you are an oil painter, you might well want to consider using an acrylic primer, as you will not need to use a size, and indeed will not need so much of it to create a bright white surface. As it is so versatile, it is well worth you keeping some in your art studio supplies, and we have a great selection of acrylic primer here for you to choose from.

Gesso Primer

Gesso Primer is slightly more absorbent than acrylic primer, and it has a slight tooth / texture. This means that it needs to be sanded down if you are to create a smooth white surface. If you are looking to create watercolour-type effects with acrylic or oil paint, then this will be the primer to use.

Watercolour Primer

If you are a watercolour artist, then you will need a primer that is going to make your surface significantly absorbent for this paint to have its effect. This is where your watercolour primer comes into action. Layers of watercolour primer will allow your natural surface to be as effectively absorbent as watercolour paper might be.

Pastel Primer

Pastel primer is great because it can be applied to so many surfaces, including all types of paper, canvas, card, ply, plastic, glass, timber, ceramic or even metal. Apply it with a brush, sponge, roller, or even straight from the tin, and you will have yourself an ideal base for pastel use in no time. It is indeed a nice and quick preparation process, as pastel primer tends to be quick drying.

Artist Size & Sealer

If you are painting with oils, you will also need to apply a 'size' to the canvas before you begin, so as to stop the oil paint from seeping into the natural fibres and causing rot later down the line. We have a great collection of artist size and sealer to choose from, so you will not need to worry about your oil damaging the fibres below your surface.

Atelier Interactive Gesso Primer - 250ml Atelier Interactive Gesso Primer - 250ml
£9.21
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Atelier Interactive Gesso Primer A quality heavy ground for priming your painting surfaces. Designed to be used with Atelier Interactive Acrylic Paints but can also be used with any other acrylic paint or oil paint. 250ml pots
Atelier Interactive Liquid Gesso Primer - 250ml Atelier Interactive Liquid Gesso Primer - 250ml
£8.29
Out of stock
Atelier Interactive Liquid Gesso Primer has been designed as a ground for Atelier Interactive Acrylic Paints but can also be used with any acrylic paints or oil paints. More flexible than the gesso primer this can be painted straight onto your canvas or painting surface without dilution with water. 250ml pots
C Roberson Acrylic Gesso Primer C Roberson Acrylic Gesso Primer
£17.00
£14.90
Roberson Acrylic Gesso Primer Roberson Acrylic Gesso Primer is an artist quality, fast drying, flexible and non-yellowing ground for oil paint, acrylic paint and temporar paint. Roberson Acrylic Gesso Primer is a cost effective product for artists. Add acrylic colour to the primer if you need a change of tone as a base for your work. You will have a matte, absorbent surface to work on with this ac…
C Roberson Acrylic Primer C Roberson Acrylic Primer
£17.90
£15.65
Roberson Acrylic Primer Roberson Acrylic Primer is a artist quality product which can be used on a multitude of surfaces e.g. unprimed canvas, wood, hardboard, card and paper. No previous sizing is needed. Quick drying and ready to paint on in a couple of hours. This acrylic primer is permanently flexible and non-yellowing and suitable as a ground for oil paints, acrylic paints and egg tempera. Re…
C Roberson Oil Primer C Roberson Oil Primer
£13.00
Roberson Oil Primer - flexible & crack resistant Roberson Oil primer has good coverage, two coats will product a slippery surface to enable oil colour to be moved around. The oil primer dries flexible and will not crack. This traditional lead free oil primer developed by C Roberson & Co makes the primed surface much less absorbent than acrylic primers, with a characteristic slippy quality.Canvas s…
C Roberson Prepared Rabbit Skin Glue Size C Roberson Prepared Rabbit Skin Glue Size
£16.00
£14.89
Roberson Prepared Rabbit Skin Glue Size. Glue made from rabbit skin is the traditional form of size or commonly terms sealer for canvas and linen. This ready made rabbit skin glue size can be used on raw linen, cotton canvas or board. Stand the required quantity in warm water to liquefy, taking care not to boil. This strong size is best diluted with water for sizing stretched canvas. Too strong a…
Cornelissen Whiting - Soft Grade Fine Chalk Whiting 3.3 micron Cornelissen Whiting - Soft Grade Fine Chalk Whiting 3.3 micron
£7.30
Whiting - Chalk Whiting Soft This fine soft grade chalk whiting supplied to us by L. Cornelissen & Son is perfect for making your own gesso. Whiting has an opaque quality, fineness and uniformity of grain, insolubility in water and is a good bulking powder. Use this chalk whiting as part of your gesso making recipe for an excellent result. We supply rabbit skin granules and ready-made rabbit skin…
Cranfield Spectrum Acrylic Gesso Primer Cranfield Spectrum Acrylic Gesso Primer
£11.94
In stock
PLEASE ALLOW 7 - 10 DAYS DELIVERY Spectrum Spectrum Acrylic Gesso Primer is a opaque, flexible white primer with a chalky consistency. If you prime your canvas or wood with this you will find the finish has a matt, soft chalky texture surface with good 'tooth'. With your first coat, dilute the gesso primer with 10% water. Follow this with at least two coats of undiluted gesso primer. A good surfac…
Cranfield Spectrum Acrylic Primer Cranfield Spectrum Acrylic Primer
£11.10
In stock
PLEASE ALLOW 7 - 10 DAYS DELIVERY Spectrum Acrylic Primer is a dense opaque white primer, flexible and easy to paint on canvas or other surfaces such as wood, plywood etc. Acrylic Primer Spectrum - Acrylic Primer This highly opaque primer offers a background of intense white. It’s ideal for most painting surfaces, including canvas, wood or board. Very flexible and ready for use undiluted, our Acry…
Cranfield Spectrum Clear Acrylic Canvas Sealer/ Transparent Size Cranfield Spectrum Clear Acrylic Canvas Sealer/ Transparent Size
£9.90
In stock
Cranfield Spectrum Clear Canvas Sealer is now available again from August 2020.  We hold good stocks but also order in weekly so please allow 7-10 days for delivery. Spectrum Clear Acrylic Canvas Sealer. If your work calls for a transparent primer, Spectrum Clear Acrylic Canvas Sealer is the perfect solution. By using this transparent sealer you can benefit by keeping the texture and look of your…
Cranfield Spectrum Covent Garden Primer Cranfield Spectrum Covent Garden Primer
£25.02
In stock
PLEASE ALLOW 7 - 10 DAYS DELIVERY Cranfield Spectrum Acrylic Convent Garden Primer was designed originally for the Royal Opera House to prepare vacuum formed scenery for painting. This water based primer can be tinted, and is ideal for difficult surfaces such as PVC, clear plastics and rubber flooring primer, pre paint for theatre paint, vacuum form. Covent Garden Primer, to look at in the tub, lo…
Cranfield Spectrum Thixotropic Alkyd Oil Primer Cranfield Spectrum Thixotropic Alkyd Oil Primer
£11.70
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PLEASE ALLOW 7 - 10 DAYS DELIVERY A multi-purpose primer for all types of oil painting supports. Your canvas will need to be sized with rabbit skin glue before priming. You can also use an acrylic sealer in place of rabbit skin glue before applying thixotropic alkyd primer. A reminder: the acrylic seal should be entirely dry before applying the primer. Once your sealer is dry, use one coat of this…
Daler Rowney Graduate Gesso White Primer 1 Litre Daler Rowney Graduate Gesso White Primer 1 Litre
£15.25
£13.50
Out of stock
Graduate Gesso Primer 1 Litre - Daler Rowney Primer White gesso primer has been formulated for use as a ground for both oil painting and acrylic painting.  This gesso primer can be used on canvas or board supports.
Daniel Smith Transparent Primer 118ml - Watercolours & Acrylics Daniel Smith Transparent Primer 118ml - Watercolours & Acrylics
£10.29
£9.91
3 in stock
Transparent Ground or Primer for Watercolours or Acrylic Paints 118ml, 4 fluid oz Daniel Smith Watercolour Ground acts as a primer on surfaces as diverse as plastic to cloth to tin to stone! Paint watercolours everywhere, the possibilities are endless! Daniel Smith ground can be used on absorbent surfaces: canvas; paper; plaster; hardboard. For non-absorbent surfaces it is best to abrade before ap…
Gelatine Capsules Pack 25 Gelatine Capsules Pack 25
£7.70
Out of stock
Gelatine Capsules Pack 25 This is a pure form of glue made from animal tissue used for sizing paper and in gilding.  Tempera artists can use to make a weak size to isolate layers of tempera.
Golden Absorbent Ground White Golden Absorbent Ground White
£14.95
Golden Absorbent Ground creates a surface with the absorbency of paper offering excellent staining and wash effects. This is a flexible acrylic ground which can be applied to non rigid supports such as canvas. Golden recommend that basic acrylic gesso is used as an initial coat.
Golden Acrylic Grounds Set - Introductory Trial Sizes Golden Acrylic Grounds Set - Introductory Trial Sizes
£26.95
£23.95
Out of stock
Painting and mixed media grounds set of six 60ml pots: Fine Pumice Gel, Crackle Paste, Fibre Paste, coarse Molding paste, Acrylic Ground for Pastel and Silverpoint Drawing Ground. The Golden Introductory Grounds Set was created to introduce professionals, students, and leisure artists to the versatility of Golden Acrylic Grounds. Ideal for use with wet media, Golden gels and pastes are also great…
Golden Acrylic Pastel Ground Golden Acrylic Pastel Ground
£14.95
Golden Pastel Primer: Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels is a special textured primer for preparing surfaces for soft pastels. This pastel ground can be tinted with acrylic colours. The slight texture helps pastels to adhere to the surface. The acrylic base means this ground is flexible and can therefore be applied to rigid and non rigid supports. Although designed as a pastel primer, this ground i…
Golden Black Gesso Golden Black Gesso
£19.00
£14.95
Golden Black Gesso gives an extremely dense black finish with a semi matte finish. It can be applied to a wide variety of surfaces. Golden take great care to product quality artist products.
Golden Gesso Primer - White Gesso Golden Gesso Primer - White Gesso
£17.50
£13.95
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Golden Gesso is one of the best quality acrylic gessos on the market. This white gesso is an semi absorbant primer that dries to a dense white semi matte finish. The flexibility of Golden Gesso makes it suitable for priming most surfaces. It can be used as a base for both oils and acrylics.
Golden Sandable Hard Gesso Golden Sandable Hard Gesso
£19.00
£14.95
In stock
Golden Sandable Hard Gesso can only to be used on rigid supports such as wood. This white gesso can be sanded to create an ultra smooth surface.
Golden Silverpoint Ground - Drawing Ground Golden Silverpoint Ground - Drawing Ground
£20.25
£17.75
1 in stock
Silverpoint & Drawing Ground 3558  237ml This white acrylic ground is recommended as a preparation for drawing and silverpoint. Light and flexible this ground is great for fine detailed lines and ideal for metal styli tools and/or a silverpoint pencil.  100% acrylic polymer dispersion which is ready to use, UV resistant, water resistant and has minimum film formation. Directions: For use on porous…
Jo Sonja Gesso White 250ml Jo Sonja Gesso White 250ml
£7.20
8 in stock
Jo Sonja Gesso is a flexible acrylic ground with a high grit content which provides tooth on which to paint. It is not water-absorbent and does not suck the moisture out of your paint when you start to work on it. Available in white  250ml Gesso may be used instead of or as well as All Purpose Sealer. The gesso is usually applied on very porous or uneven surfaces, the grit will have a slight level…
Konnyaku Powder 50g - For Strengthening Paper Konnyaku Powder 50g - For Strengthening Paper
£18.50
4 in stock
Konnayaku starch powder for making kamiko and momi 50gm - Paper Size Wonderful if pricey product, the starch powder goes a long way.  Konnyaku is powdered Devil's Tongue root, a natural plant starch that, when mixed with water and applied by brush to paper, gives extra strength, waterproofing and memory to those papers. Transforms paper magically to cloth. Instructions available with purchase. The…

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