Hi all. So I'm a total newbie and I believe I have now finally gathered all my materials and am about ready to begin. I just had a quick question about Gesso and staining. The question is basically do I need to gesso the canvas or is staining the same thing. I talked with an artist and she said that she always gessos before putting on a wash. I have one stretched linen canvas and a couple of panels. I thought I'd give both a try in the early going to see what I prefer. So any help here is appreciated.