Re: gesso for watercolor?
is this stuff the same as acrylic gesso/primer?
i've used acrylic before and the results were ugly: flaking, very greyish... allover not pleasant. at all dilutions.also sometimes the emulsion seems to go very deep into the size, so the prints could really take a strong brushing without the emulsion coming off. mixing it with gelatine helped a little, but still not as good as pure gelatin or no size at all.
now (i still have almost a whole bucket of acrylic gesso left...a 500ml was the smallest size) i've found out that acrylic primer is not suited fot watercolor pigments. i should read labels before buying. but i found a gesso which is suited for watercolor, it's lascaux gesso. but before i spend money on half a liter of stuff that doesn't work either, has anyone ever tried this product?
here's a link to the datasheet:
Katharine Thayer schrieb:
I don't know about pt/pd or other processes, but I've been trying it for gum and so far not pleased with the results. Apparently I don't have Jim's magic touch, or something. I believe Jim uses it at full strength (if I have that wrong, please correct) but at full strength I get a grainy image (will scan example later if I remember to get it when I go downstairs) that isn't acceptable to me; I also dislike the high shine. Have also tried it at half strength and 1/3 strength but didn't like those either, I forget now why. Would need to go down and look at test prints to refresh my memory. All I know is, none of my experiments with Gamblin PVA sizing for gum were satisfactory to me, and I've gone back to gelatin and glyoxal. This was on Arches bright white, a very hard, crisp-surfaced paper; I suspect it may work better on a more absorbent paper.