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Old 04-11-04, 06:53 AM
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Default Picking up under layers

Hello,

I'm new to the temera thing as well. I am working on a surface of traditional gesso, in rather thin washes. And I'm having a problem because the layers are picking up the layers underneath. They even get right through the the gesso if I work an area for too long. Any advice on this? How long before the layers become impervious to water? I'm using sable brushes and just trying to get large flat areas of color.

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Old 05-11-04, 02:10 AM
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I'm new to the temera thing as well. I am working on a surface of traditional gesso, in rather thin washes. And I'm having a problem because the layers are picking up the layers underneath. They even get right through the the gesso if I work an area for too long. Any advice on this? How long before the layers become impervious to water? I'm using sable brushes and just trying to get large flat areas of color.
The surface needs to be thoroughly dry before you can paint over it. If not, as you have found, the paint lifts. This can take anywhere from a few seconds with drybrush to 5 or 10 minutes with washes. I sometimes use a hair dryer to speed the process, although you need to be careful not to cook the yolk.
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Old 18-11-04, 07:01 PM
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If you let the paint dry for a few days to a week, you can paint over it with even more alacrity without picking up the underlayers. I like to work on several paintings at a time, to be able to leave them this long.

One painting I set aside for a few months, and when I went back to it nothing could budge the underpainting (perhaps if I had taken a screwdriver to it -- but no brush affected it, even when I picked up layers of more recent painting).

By the way, you may want to make deliberate use of that picking up technique. It can make for interesting effects.
 

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