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

Sizes, such as Golden GAC 100 or 200, should be applied by brush. The key to application is to work the size into the interstices of the canvas eave.

George O'Hanlon Technical Director Natural Pigments
Posted : Nov 24, 2017
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I wonder what is proper (or maybe "ideal") way of applying size onto canvas panel. As for the size itself, it can be either GAC 100 or Rublev Fluid Medium. I can think of two methods of applying the size - and I've seen both.

1. Pouring some amount of size into tray, then dip a brush into it and apply the size using brush - with quite pressure, scrubbing the size into the weave of canvas. After the first layer has dried, repeat the process.

2. Pouring some amount of size directly onto a canvas panel and the spread the size using e.g. plastic trowel or surface knife, like these: https://www.naturalpigments.com/surface-knife-plastic-set-of-4.html.  Again with pressure so that the size penetrates into the weave. And as with the first method, repeat the process after drying.

There is a video of the second method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOAxQXGMslg  Hm, I wonder if a combined approach also could work; first layer with surface knife, second with brush.

What do you recommend?

Posted : Nov 24, 2017

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