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Does Bob Ross use gesso?

Available in White, Black and Gray colors, gesso is a flat acrylic liquid primer used in the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet Technique®, when a dry pre-coated canvas is required.

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Correspondingly, how does Bob Ross prep his canvas?

The very first thing Bob Ross does when he paints is prepare the canvas in a very different way (this is probably the most unique feature of his technique). The canvas is covered with a thin basecoat of a specially formulated substance. It is very slick and wet and makes the entire wet-on-wet process possible.

Secondly, can you paint on wet gesso? If you paint while the gesso is still wet then you disrupt the gesso layer and may risk exposing the substrate ad removing the isolation layer and in general would make your paint fail sooner than later. Indeed it would not be a very archival practice.

Beside above, are gesso and liquid white the same?

Some people may get confused between liquid white and white gesso. They are not the same thing. Liquid white is only used with wet-on-wet painting. White gesso is a primer that also gets painted on the canvas before painting, but it must be dry first before beginning your painting.

What does Bob Ross use as a base coat?

Liquid Clear (also called Magic Clear under another brand name) is intended as a base coat, to be applied onto the canvas first before any color. This way you're immediately painting wet-on-wet, which is fundamental to the Bob Ross painting method.

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