It bothers me when I ask people whether they are using tradtional gesso and they reply in the affirmative and then proceed to give me the name of the brand they are using. You cannot buy real traditional gesso only acrylic gesso. So I thought I would go through the steps for making good old fashioned real traditional gesso. Or at least the way I make it!!!
Above is a teaspoon of rabbitskin glue.
To this I add 13 teaspoons of water.
If you wish to make more just keep those ratios.
This must be left to soak for a minimum of 2 hours, when it will look nice and fluffy like this.
Then it needs to heated gently to disolve. I then add whiting (calcium carbonate) which is much cheaper bought from a pottery than an art supply. To this mix I add approx 2 1/2 heaped teaspoons. I know it seems to be an exhorbitant amount. Mix really well till it is all aborbed.
And it looks something like this. It needs to be used while it is warm. I usually turn the heat off but keep it in the hot water but do be aware that it will be thickening while it is cooling. I never make very much as while it can be reheated, it must be used within a couple of days as it will go off and boy does it stink.
And here are some painted pages awaiting being assembled into the next load of journals that will be off to Melbourne next month.
There is nothing nice, natural or environmentally friendly about this popular barnd.
Resin: Methylmethacrylate/butylacrylate copolymer dispersion polymer