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Wood panel preparation (Keith?)

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  • From: Loris Medici <mail@loris.medici.name>
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I will try to print gum on wood panels (marine grade plywood). I will try
two different grounds: 1) Acrylic ground + whiting (I presume that's what
you do Keith?) 2) Traditional gesso ground...

1) Keith, what is your acrylic formula? I plan to dilute acrylic gesso 1:1
with water and then add equal amnt. of calcium carbonate (marble dust) and
some white pigment into it. For instance: 50g acrylic gesso + 50ml water +
50g calcium carbonate + 10g titanium dioxide (titanium white -> purest /
brightest white pigment).

2) Traditional gesso: 100ml water + 10g hide (or rabbitskin) glue (high
bloom gelatin) + 60g calcium carbonate + 12g titanium white.

I need a good working recipe and application (and finishing) procedure for
#2. BTW, traditional gesso is a PIA! (Have to keep it hot + it doesn't set
quickly, so takes awfully long to complete 4 - 6 layers...)

Another questions:

1. Do you harden the traditional gesso ground?

2. Do you add a hardened gelatin layer on top of the acrylic (or
traditional gesso) ground?

Thanks in advance,