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A tub of acrylic gesso
What is gesso paint?
Gesso is a mixture of chalk, glue, and white pigment that serves as a ground for paintings. If you intend to create an oil piece that will last a long time, gesso will stop natural fabrics like canvas from deteriorating from binders like linseed oil.
How to use gesso primer
Gesso is an excellent primer for both canvas and paper, and many acrylic and oil painting artists use it as a ground. It may also be used as a painting medium in itself, as a mixed media art technique.
See also: How to make gesso