View Full Version : Grumbacher gesso

06-02-2000, 04:26 PM
Hello all! I hope some of you can give me a bit of information. Grumbacher makes two types of "basic" gesso. One type is a of a "standard" thickness, somewhat fluid. The other type is of a much thicker viscosity, more like a thick paste. I think the thicker type is still being produced and this is the one that I would like to find a source of supply for. I've failed to find it with my searches and hope some of you can point me in the right direction. Thanks!

06-02-2000, 09:51 PM
Is there some reason it has to be Grumbacher?

06-03-2000, 09:05 AM
Thanks for the reply msue.... no, there is absolutely no reason that the gesso has to be Grumbacher. However it is the only very thick one that I was aware of.....and the only one I've used. Any comparable substitute would be perfectly acceptable. I've even tried mixing my own with dry powder....unsatisfactory results.

06-04-2000, 12:25 AM
Have you checked all the major art supply catalogs? Several of them are online now.
Daniel Smith
Dick Blick
Cheap Joes
ASW (I've had terrible luck with them as for as timely shipping goes)

Also are you sure it is gesso and not mat medium. There is a very thick acrylic mat medium.

06-05-2000, 08:57 PM
Again, thanks msue. I've tried the sources you suggested as well as a number of others...still no luck. The product is, indeed, an acrylic gesso....not a matt medium. I use this particular gesso for blended backgrounds as I seem to get a much better blend than with the thinner gesso. The thinner product works but is a bit trickier.. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I'll continue nosing around and will probably run across it when I least expect it....again, thanks very much for your interest and suggestions....

06-06-2000, 09:46 AM
I use a professional quality gesso from Utrecht supplies in my classroom, and for many of my works...and get it by the gallon. It is very thick...and I often have to water it down (with the kids).


06-06-2000, 10:21 AM
Thank you Larry. I'll look for the Utrech gesso that you mentioned. Between the list that msue suggested and the list of suppliers that I already have I should have no problem finding what I need. By the way, I really enjoyed my visit to your web site. 90% of my paintings are either landscapes or wildlife, most of them oils.


06-06-2000, 11:20 PM
I believe this came from MisterArt.com
It's ProArt Acrylic Gesso Canvas Ground and its thick like the gesso you are looking for. Go thru the main page at WetCanvas to find MisterArt and you can sign up for their VIP membership free! which will give you better discounted prices. I shop from them all the time and have had wonderful response when I had a problem...only a couple of missed items in a shipment. They sent it out the next day!

06-09-2000, 09:55 AM
Thank you carly...I have just ordered some of the ProArt gesso to try. Still looking for the Utrech product also....want to try it also. The response here has been gratifying...thanks all! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif)

07-19-2000, 02:04 AM
i found the following url for Grumbacher gesso products.

i've also found Grumbacher gesso to be far superior to Pro-Art gesso in all my applications. hope this helps.


07-19-2000, 03:13 PM
Thank you James! This is exactly what I was looking for... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Please let me know if I can help you in any way!