Re: Gum print formaline

From: Katharine Thayer ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 02/03/05-07:23:55 AM Z
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Ryuji Suzuki wrote:

> When someone brought up gesso last time I tried it, but it was too
> gritty and I didn't like it.

Gesso mixed with gelatin, in my experience, is not gritty at all, but
perfectly smooth; Arches Bright White hot press sized this way, for
example, is actually perceptibly smoother to the touch than the
unsized paper, which is quite smooth in its own right. The sizing adds a
velvety quality that's not there in the original paper, and not a speck
of grittiness. I suppose if a very high proportion of gesso were used,
then you'd get a grittier surface, but my experience is that a high
gesso to gelatin ratio won't hold gum anyway, so wouldn't be a ratio
that you could use functionally.

Yes, Kate, it's acrylic gesso, and I don't dilute it before mixing it
with the gelatin. About 1/3 gesso to gelatin solution works well for me.
Received on Thu Feb 3 15:20:09 2005

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