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Daler-Rowney System 3 Acrylic Gesso Primer (1 Litre)


  • Use with acrylic paints
  • Opaque, matt finish
  • Provides an excellent base coat
  • Needs no dilution
  • Highly adhesive

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Formulated to enhance the creations of artists working with Acrylic Colour, Daler-Rowney System 3 Acrylic Gesso Primer is an excellent base coat primer, suitable for preparing all semi-absorbent surfaces prior to the application of paint. A unique formulation, needing no dilution, Gesso Primer is easy to apply and highly adhesive.

What is Gesso?

Traditionally comprising of a binder, pigment and chalk or gypsum, Gesso is a base layer applied to canvas or other substrates, prior to painting. With an increased flexibility and archival life, modern gesso is a combination of chalk and pigment in an acrylic polymer medium.

Why use Gesso?

Providing better adhesion by adding tooth to the surface, priming with gesso also prevents paint soaking into the support, and adds a strengthening foundation, allowing application of heavier media.

Why choose Daler-Rowney System 3 Acrylic Gesso Primer?

Suitable for both interior and exterior applications, Daler-Rowney System 3 Acrylic Gesso Primer dries quickly to produce a matt white surface with a slight tooth, easily sanded for highly detailed work.

How do I use Daler-Rowney System 3 Acrylic Gesso Primer?

This guide gives further information on Gesso: How To Prime A Canvas For Acrylic Painting.

Who are Daler-Rowney?

Established in 1783, by Richard and Thomas Rowney, Daler-Rowney has been manufacturing the finest art materials for over 230 years.

In 1963, Rowney became the first manufacturer in Europe to introduce artists' acrylic colour.  Widely used by artists, including well-known proponents Peter Blake and Bridget Riley, throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Rowney’s “Cryla” heralded a new era in art practice, which became known as ‘Pop Art’.

In 1983, the Daler Board Company purchased the George Rowney Company, forming Daler-Rowney Limited, as the company is known today.  Daler-Rowney now operates from three manufacturing bases, two in the UK and one in the Dominican Republic.

Reviews (1)

The gesso is fine, nice quality, but sadly, as others have found, it had leaked in transit and the bubble wrap it was wrapped in was coated in primer. Luckily there was plenty left but still... I'm not sure what can be done about this as there is no seal on the container. Apart from ceasing on-line delivery of this product. Maybe it's up to System 3/manufacturer to start putting a seal on the product.