I got asked this question and it made me think of the time I was an art student and I kept hearing the term gesso. I had no idea what it was and felt to embarrassed to ask because I felt it was something I should know. Several years later I found out that it was a primer and it is used to prime surfaces for painting. I use it often and wouldn’t be without it now so it seems funny that it was such a mystery to me for so many years. This is why this site is so useful for so many, there are no silly questions!
I meet lots of learner who can’t wait to get started with painting which is fantastic. Often they embark on elaborate artworks for the first time and then find themselves disappointed with the results. Why? Often because they have not grasped a few basics first. I will share some things you should learn before you embark on painting: