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How to Make Gesso
How to prepare gesso in the traditional way.
Ingredients:

Glue size (see below for instructions)*
Chalk
Pigment - any color

Method:

Measure 3 parts of glue size.
Add 1 part chalk and 1 part pigment.
Stir carefully avoiding bubbles.
Apply when still warm with a brush. Allow layers to dry before reapplying.

*Glue size can be made from bone glue or rabbit skin glue.


Glue Size

Ingredients:

Glue (rabbit skin or bone)
Water

Method:

Soak 1 part glue to 12 parts cold water. Allow to soak overnight. Heat the mixture on low in a double boiler.
Add this mixture to the recipe above.