An easy way to make genuine glue grounds, also known as ‘traditional gesso’. This is not an acrylic "gesso" mix. It's the real thing: hide glue and whiting (chalk). But we've made it real easy: Mix equal amounts of warm water and Easy Gesso, wait a few hours for it to gel, and then warm it until it is liquid enough to apply with a brush. It can also be applied cold as a soft gelatinous mass similar in consistency to tofu. The difference between real gesso and acrylic "gesso" or primers is a silky soft surface that is absorbent to water-based paints.
Contains medium ground calcite (chalk) and rabbit skin glue.
Into a container, mix equal parts by volume of dry Easy Gesso with warm water.
Stir and allow to stand for at least two hours. It will gel.
Place the container in a pot full of hot tap water—no hotter than 65° C (150° F). The gel will liquefy. Be sure that all glue flakes are completely dissolved.
Apply the liquid gesso with a wide brush. Allow each coat to dry.
Apply at least four coats to produce the best surface for painting. Sand the final coat, if desired, for a smoother surface.
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