I'm going to be doing a painting on wood and would like to know if anyone has a cheap method to prime it. Gesso isnt really an option because I need to keep the wood texture completely visible on all the spots that the oil will not be on. I found this stuff, http://www.minwax.com/products/water...tive_finishes/. But dont really have the cash on the moment and some people mentioned it may amber over time. Does anyone have some ideas as to what I could use, I'm somewhat new to oil painting and painting on wood. Worst comes to worse I guess I could just outline my painting and fill in the certain areas that need to be painted with the gesso, but I would rather not work with such tight restrictions.