traditional gesso panels

Traditional gesso panels have an ivory like painting and drawing surface for superior mark making. Our panels are made with genuine traditional gesso using English whiting and technical gelatine, more commonly known as hide glue. It is not merely an acrylic paint passing off as gesso.

Gesso is a high performance, permanent foundation for a wide variety of visual art techniques, and a surface that is receptive to the finest marks and subtlest of tones. All of the panels use eco friendly, ultra low emission EO grade fibreboard. Refer below for further technical information.

to purchase

Our gesso panels are for sale at St Luke Artist Colourmen in Collingwood VIC

You can ask your local art materials store about Fisher Wells products too. If they don’t have our products in stock, ask them to contact our national distributor Langridge Artist Colours

4" x 5" (six pack)

RRP $20.00

5" x 7"

RRP $12.00

8" x 10"

RRP $14.00

traditional gesso panels – technical information

The 5” x 7” and 8” x 10” gesso panels are 6mm EO grade fibreboard with a traditional gesso ground applied. The 6 pack of 4” x 5” panels are on 3mm EO grade fibreboard.

The traditional gesso ground is made and applied by us using hide glue and English whiting (calcium carbonate), and is applied in layers. This is not an acrylic primed surface (erroneously called gesso).

Perfect for the application of egg-tempera, watercolour, acrylic, silverpoint, drawing and other graphic techniques. The absorbent ground takes drawing marks well.

As is to be expected with a traditional gesso ground, the surface may be prone to marking and chipping if not handled with care. The panels are shrink-wrapped to protect the surface for sale and delivery.

Also, as with any other support structures for painting and drawing, i.e. paper, canvas, etc., the panels should not be kept in a moist environment.

As with any other timber panels, once an artwork is finished it is good practice to seal the back of the panel with shellac or an acrylic sealer. This will help protect the panel for years to come.


Fisher Wells have recorded the size of the panels in inches and mms on the labels. There is occasional, very marginal variation in panel sizes as the panels are handcrafted.

4” x 5”Traditional Gesso Panels - 102mm x 127mm3mm depth panelsSold as a 6-pack
5” x 7”Traditional Gesso Panels - 127mm x 178mm6mm depth panelsEach panel is sold individually
8” x 10”Traditional Gesso Panels - 203mm x 254mm6mm depth panelsEach panel is sold individually