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Old 11-07-07, 05:04 AM
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I think that the gesso ground mainly arose in order to cover the uneven surface of handmade panels. It does have nice qualities but a sanded and sized surface of RSG on mdf panel should be OK too. A relatively easy surface to make is using muslin that is applied with RSG. On an mdf panel you would need to do this on both sides. If you use a fine muslin then the effect is quite nice and will enable more of a painting style like oil on canvas. ET is not going to rot the cloth ground like oil paint would without it's special grounds that are intended to protect the cloth. There are plenty of examples of ET on cloth painting - even without a rigid support though that is preferable.
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