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Posted By: George O'Hanlon
Total Posts: 2246
Joined Date: Jun 15, 2004

You can find half-oil ground (also known as half-chalk or tempera ground) from these sources:

Vaclav Vytlacil (2013) Egg Tempera Painting, Tempera Underpainting, Oil Emulsion Painting - A Manual Of Technique. Read Books Ltd, 2013.

Max Doerner (1984) The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting, with Notes on the Techniques of the Old Masters. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1984. pp. 23-24.

Mark David Gottsegen (2006) The Painter's Handbook: A Complete Reference. Watson-Guptill Publications, 2006. pp. 64-65.

You can look up these references online, too, and purchase them from either Google Books or Amazon.
George O'Hanlon Technical Director Natural Pigments
Posted : Aug 26, 2017
Posted By: Lawrence Jackson
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Joined Date: Aug 26, 2017

Looking for a half oil ground recipe.

I use now the standard Gesso chalk-white pigment and bone glue solved in water.

A step further would be adding some stand or linseed oil to the standard gesso ground, but this is when the problem starts.

When I add the standoil to the warmed Gesso it looks like it solve well, but when adding it with a brush to a panel it suddenly gives 'pearls'.

The standoil does not emulsifier well with Gesso.


How can I solve this, or even better,

do you perhaps know about a 'half oil ground' recipe that works well.

Posted : Aug 26, 2017

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