View Full Version : Hoping to skip the gesso

09-28-2014, 01:26 PM

I want to play with a few pieces today that involve writing and/or drawing on a plain piece of birch and then painting on top of it, letting bits of my drawings or writings show through. The only trouble is that I know how wood tends to warp when painting on it, a problem usually easily remedied by gesso. But I don't want to use gesso this time because it would interfere with/cover up what I've written and drawn. If I keep the paint application thin, will I be safe without gesso?Or are there other products that would help prevent warping?

09-28-2014, 01:36 PM
use pva or rabbit skin glue to size it and forget the gesso.

09-28-2014, 04:27 PM
You could try gel medium. Goes on white and opaque, dries clear and colourless.


Charlie's Mum
09-28-2014, 04:35 PM
You can also buy clear gesso!

09-28-2014, 07:40 PM
Second what Maureen said. Clear gesso works great.

09-29-2014, 12:13 AM
Try clear gesso or a gel medium (I recommend Golden's Fine Pumice gel).