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Koo Schadler 13-10-17 07:17 PM

Casein Gesso Question
Relative to my other post of the day (Wyeth and Casein Gesso), has anyone had longterm success painting egg tempera on casein gesso? How did the paint behave? I've asked some painters and conservators this question and am waiting to hear back, but in the meanwhile it would be interesting to hear from the Forum.

(By the way, I don't mean Sinopia's Casein Gesso, which contains oil - I've tried egg tempera on that and found the surface unfriendly to the paint; lots of slipping and lifting. I mean a traditional, 100% casein gesso).


arbrador 16-10-17 03:42 AM

Many years ago I did make casein gesso from a recipe book that I no longer have. I was trying to find an alternative to the problems of the usual gesso process- air bubbles and overheating which I've now resolved for the most part.

It was easier to apply and I can't quite remember why I did not like it but I clearly did not care for it and never made it again. I seem to recall it being somewhat difficult to sand and not absorbent enough.

However, I did make a casein glue out of cottage cheese and ?lime (can't remember) that I used to glue my cradling strips on to the backs of my panels. That glue was excellent in every way but I've since reverted to "Titebond" type glue out of convenience.

After using purchased gesso boards for smaller work I recently gessoed a 4'x8' panel. It was daunting and came out with many flaws but is quite adequate. It rekindled my love for the gesso process and I'll probably continue to DIY it. After gessoing a 4x8' board working on smaller boards should seem easy!
~Lora Arbrador

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