PREPARATION OF FABRIC SUPPORT
1. Stretch fabric
2. Size with rabbit-skin glue. Size is a thin coat of rabbitskin glue applied to the linen to protect the fabric from the oil which would cause it to rot.
3. Dry over night
4. 17th century: Double Ground
1. Layer one… Mixed earth pigments ground in oil, often looks brick red in color,
Usually contains some umber.
2. Layer two… Mixed pigments in oil, leftover paints from palette, brush jars
and lead white forming a grey color. Often visually active in final paint layer.
Modern: White Ground
Apply commercially available oil based primer.
Titanium white is fine, lead white is traditional, but use caution with lead it is poisonous.
Several thin layers are better than one thick layer.