Priming your project

What, why and how?

Priming is mainly done when you are painting a project, it is not a necessity, but it is recommended to use on your projects, we would recommend using Gesso. This is available in white and black and may sound odd if you are new to crafting or not heard of it before.

Gesso is similar to acrylic paint, but it is slightly thinner, it dries hard to stiffen your project surface. Gesso can be applied to nearly any surface.

If you don’t want to use Gesso you can use white acrylic paint instead but before you apply anything to your surface you will need to make sure it is clean and smooth (unless you need a rough surface).

Below is a rough list of different surfaces and the best ways to get them ready before applying Gesso:

Wood: Sand your surface until smooth with fine grit sandpaper.

Glass: Wash using warm soapy water and then rinse with warm water.

Canvas: Wipe with a dry cloth to make sure you don’t have anything on it and then apply your Gesso.

Plaster: Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Tin: Wash with soapy water, rinse then wipe with a cloth that has been dampened with white vinegar.

When you apply your Gesso or white acrylic paint use a paint brush but make sure you do not over load your paint brush, it is best to go back and reload then to use to much.

If you are painting onto a dark surface you will need to apply a white base coat to make sure the colour is visible when applied.

Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.