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Rabbit Skin Glue as a Size
Rabbit Skin Glue Gesso -courtesy of Pablo Tapia
Using Rabbit Skin Glue Size as a base - heat till warm:
1 volume = 250ml
1 volume of glue to 1 volume of calcite [* you can add 1/3 v of Titanium White to the calcite: 2/3 calcite – 1/3 TW]
Add the dry materials to the warm glue and mix well until blended
Once the gesso has reached a creamy solution add approximately one teaspoon of glycerine to the gesso – this well reduce the porosity of the gesso, as it is very absorbent.
*When applying the gesso ensure to apply a coat to the back of your board to avoid warping – apply between 4 and 12 coats of Gesso – smooth the surface with a pad of muslin that is damp – apply using a circular motion.
*To seal the gesso ground you can do one of three things: