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Artists' Gesso, Glues and Whiting

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Gesso, Glue and Whiting


Everything is here that you need to make traditional gesso and grounds, from whiting and glue to even a pre-mixed gesso.

Ready-Made Gesso

Easy Gesso [1 lb. bag] (454 g)

An easy way to make real gesso. Mix equal amounts of water and the powder, wait a few hours for it to gel and then warm it until it is liquid enough to apply with a brush.

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Rabbit Skin Glue [1 lb. bag] (454 g)

NEW LOW PRICE! This is a high grade glue made in the U.S. of pure rabbit collagen. It is a fine mesh granular glue that is easy to dissolve in water.

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Technical Gelatin [1 lb. bag] (454 g)

This is a technical grade of gelatin made in the U.S. It is a fine mesh granular glue that is easy to dissolve in water. Gelatin is preferred by many professional gilders over hide glue, because it can take a super burnish easier than hide glue.

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Whiting, Marble Dust [1 kg bag] (2.2 lb)

Pure white marble dust, ground as fine as talcum powder. Use this whiting to make gesso and for adding textural and handling qualities to oil paints.

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Whiting, Chalk [1 kg bag] (2.2 lb)

The finest whiting from Lucerne Valley for making gilder's gesso. White chalk powder, ground as fine as talcum powder. Use this whiting to make gesso and for adding textural and handling qualities to oil paints.

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Phenol Spray [8 oz. spray bottle] (236 ml)

Phenol (liquified carbolic acid): 4% solution of phenol to prevent mold formation on gesso and grounds. Spray this solution on liquid or brick gesso and you can store it for days without bacteria and mold forming. 8 oz. (236 ml) spray bottle

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Alum [100 g jar] (3.5 oz.)

Hardens glue and starch sizes. Spray a solution of alum and water onto rabbit skin glue or onto gesso to harden it or add directly to size.

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