View Full Version : acrylic gesso drying time

04-05-2001, 12:33 AM
this is a quikie.....

regarding applying acrylic gesso, i have read a lot of snippets about how to apply...IE: sanding between dried thin layers, rather than thick.
but how dry is dry? i know something can be dry to the touch, but quite possibly the whole process is a waste of time if a certain amount of time isn't given. i don't know......someone?

oh, and whoever reads this, have you ever bought yourself, or seen someone else buy cotton duck at a fabric store for painting purposes? if it's the same stuff, then why not?


Everybody is an artist;
now, whether one choses to be referred to as one or not is another story.... -paul-

04-05-2001, 04:02 AM
My last tin of gesso said something like, touch dry in 20 minutes, you can paint a second coat after 2 hours. Somthing like that. And I usually let it dry 24 hours after all the layers before painting over with my oils. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


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04-09-2001, 02:58 AM
Paul, I'm glad you brought this topic up. What exactly is acrylic gesso and why is it used as a primer???

I have been painting on masonite which I primed with universal undercoat, but I have recently bought a tin of acrylic gesso. I applied it to the smooth side of the masonite, but it feels almost the same as universal, so my question is, why use this much more expensive primer????

Perhaps I am using it incorrectly???

04-25-2001, 02:54 AM

aaahhhhh, finally, back on wetcanvas after a couple stranded weks.....feels good.......

anyways, regarding the use of acrylic gesso and why.....i am a true beginner at oil painting, and it's the only real alternative to using both rabbit skin glue AND primer that i've read about and bought.

maybe there are other cheaper methods, i don't know. i know for sure though that if you want info on (+) and (-) aspects to it, do a search on the forums! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Everybody is an artist;
now, whether one choses to be referred to as one or not is another story.... -paul-

04-25-2001, 01:11 PM
Cotton duck canvas from a fabric store? Yes, if you buy the heavy grade. Used to use it all the time when I was in college. Now I use linen which I buy through a catalog.