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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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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.
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Date published: 2018-06-24
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Gamblin Traditional Gesso 1 lb
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