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Gamblin's Traditional Gesso is a dry mixture of rabbit skin glue, gypsum, marble dust, and titanium dioxide. Paintings on gesso are more matte because of the high absorbency of traditional gesso.

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Gamblin Traditional Gesso

Gamblin's Traditional Gesso is a dry mixture of rabbit skin glue, gypsum, marble dust, and titanium dioxide. Paintings on gesso are more matte because of the high absorbency of traditional gesso.

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Hi, I want to reuse some of my old oil paintings that have been dry for several years. I wouldn’t think I can use an acrylic gesso. What do I use? Do you have an oil based primer?  

Asked by: Debbie404
How to Paint Over an Old Canvas There are two basic ways to approach an old canvas: start all over or work with the paint that's already there. The trick to either is to ensure the canvas is clean before you begin. Many old paintings that have been stored for years are dusty, dirty, and some even get a little greasy. Dust can be dealt with by wiping the painting with a damp cloth and leaving it to dry. If there's any grease on the painting, wash it lightly with a solution of rubbing alcohol and let it dry overnight. You can then paint on it as usual. Be sure that you don't overwash it. What you don't want to see is any paint color on your cleaning rag. This is a sign that you are cleaning it too much and getting into the paint layers rather than removing the dirt on top of it. Once the painting is dry, you can either continue painting or begin to cover up or remove the old layer of paint. If the colors on the old painting are very intense, consider painting a layer or two of fat titanium white (not gesso) on top. Allow it to dry completely between coats. If the painting has any unwanted texture or impasto work, you will need to sand that down. Use fine grit sandpaper and gently remove the 'offending' paint. Wipe the canvas with a damp cloth and allow it to dry before adding those fat layers of titanium white.
Answered by: Customer Care
Date published: 2019-05-06

Is this a viable ground for egg tempra painting? 

Asked by: Mama Lou
Yes, this is a Viable ground for egg tempera paint. Egg tempera is well documented as producing a very brittle paint film upon aging, much more brittle than an aged oil paint film. For this reason, it is not recommended for execution on flexible supports such as canvas. For example, a typical dried oil paint film can be elongated (in analytical tests) up to about 12 - 14 %. A dried egg tempera paint film will elongate much less. While egg tempera paint may be diluted with water, upon drying it becomes insoluble in water. A glue gesso ground on a wooden panel is as brittle or more so than egg tempera and is not very responsive to temperature or relative humidity changes. Glue gesso has a very porous surface, (known in the paint industry as an "open" surface) and acts much like a sponge in accepting water-based or water-diluted paint. Water (as in an egg tempera paint) applied to a dried glue gesso ground may have a slight softening effect on the glue binder in the gesso, creating a very close bond between the egg tempera paint layer and gesso ground. There is a very long (and successful) history of egg tempera painting on glue gesso grounds, as in Italian panel paintings. In my opinion, the flexibility of the acrylic emulsion ground below the very brittle egg tempera presents a basic incompatibility between the two layers that can only lead to adhesion problems in the future. There is growing skepticism of using oil over acrylic emulsion grounds due to basic differences in the two materials. The short answers to your questions -What are the benefits/drawbacks of true gesso versus an acrylic gesso for egg tempera painting? Traditional glue gesso works without any doubts. The long-term durability of acrylic emulsion grounds below egg tempera paint is still unknown.
Answered by: Customer Care
Date published: 2019-02-14
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