Ges­so­ing pan­els and can­vas

ImagineFX - - Traditional Artist -

Oil-based ges­soes on can­vas re­quire a siz­ing be­fore ap­ply­ing. Rab­bit skin glue is tra­di­tional, but you can use GAC 100 or PVA size, too. Acrylic ges­soes and pastes don’t re­quire siz­ing and can be ap­plied di­rectly. Brushes, rollers and trow­els are all use­ful for ges­so­ing.

Stan­dard house­paint­ing brushes are cheap and ex­cel­lent for ap­ply­ing gesso. Thicker ges­sos can be ap­plied with a spat­ula. I bought this one on Ama­zon in the Kitchen­ware sec­tion. Putty and spack­ling knives are handy for pro­duc­ing a va­ri­ety of tex­tures when ap­ply­ing heav­ier acrylic gels and pastes.

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