Re: Gesso - looking for advice
About a yearf ago, I made six panels, varying in size from 10 x 30 to 32 x 56 inches, and primed them with Gamblin's "Traditional Gesso". I loved the way the "Traditional Gesso" (which mixed up very thin, almost like skim milk) went onto the panels in several layers (often as many as eight), and became a very bright, uniformly white--and smooth--surfact.
But, there was a problem.
The surface was incredibly absorbent, and oil paints dried amost immediately--yes, much faster than acrylics! Now, I paint in layers, so if the first layer or two dried very fast, the next layers would be applied over paint, rather than over gesso (as the first layers had been).
So, after the panel was covered in paint, the paint worked pretty much the way I was accustomed, from then on.
But, still, I've decided I don't like the super-absorbency of the "traditional gesso"--and I don't like adding oil to the first layers, just to give me more working time.
I'm building more panels now (I still have a couple of the "Traditional Gesso" panels, and I'm going to use them), but the next several panels I make will be primed with Liquitex Gesso, which has a consistency I really like.