1. Hide glue or rabbit skin glue.
2. Filler- Gypsum, Slaked plaster known as Sottile or Natural Chalk.
Note: Filler may include up to 1/4 part pigment if desired.
3. Panel- Wood or other rigid support.
!. Heat source
2. Double boiler, pots, bowls...
3. Large flat brush, 1/2 inch to 1 inch paint brush
4. Cheese cloth
6. masking tape (optional)
RECIPE: 1 1/2 parts filler + 1 part glue
1. Prepare glue at normal strength.
1 part dry glue to 14 ounces water.
2. Gently sprinkle filler into warm glue a little bit at a time. Do not throw
it all in at once or bubbles will form. Using a spoon sprinkle a little on to the glue
and let it sink down into the glue on its own. This will be time consuming but
will make a better gesso.
3. Add filler until the glue is full.
4. Gently slide a 1/2 inch to 1 inch size brush into the mixture and very slowly stir in one
direction. Do not let air bubbles form. Mix to a smooth cream like consistency.
5. The gesso will gel at room temperature. Reheat gesso by setting it over a pot of hot water
for a few minutes.
6. Keep it as cool as possible while working without letting it gel to avoid bubbles.