- Appearance. When Toye wants to make a tint (white added to a color), she adds white gesso to it rather than adding white acrylic paint. While most acrylic paint dries to a glossy finish, gesso dries to a matte finish.
- Absorbency. Gesso gives tooth and a certain level of absorbency to a painting surface. For example, Toye uses gesso on Yupo paper. Since the latter has a slick surface, gesso comes to the rescue with its ability to add both absorbency and tooth (surface texture) to the Yupo.
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