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Old 06-25-2017, 01:33 AM
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Grounds for Oil Paintings

I normally use acrylic gesso on an MDF support as a ground when oil painting.

My gesso has run out, and I'm awaiting delivery of a new supply.

Would it be OK, while waiting for the new gesso, to use instead house paint, i.e. emulsion or undercoat. (John Myatt got away with using Dulux many times)
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Old 06-25-2017, 10:45 AM
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Re: Grounds for Oil Paintings

House Paint Primer or PVA Drywall Primer would probably be better if you have some, or primer than some latex house paint on top. Stir in some calcium carbonate if you have any to add some tooth.
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:51 AM
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Re: Grounds for Oil Paintings

I saw someone recommend to spray on clear, glossy rustolium. I tried it and I liked it. It make the surface like slick like it was oil primed, which I guess, technically, it is.
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Old 07-06-2017, 06:32 AM
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Re: Grounds for Oil Paintings

I'm almost out of gesso, but have a bit of primer and regular paint in the shed. I'm planning to use it on cardboard as a base for just practicing and for studies.
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Old 07-06-2017, 10:06 AM
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Re: Grounds for Oil Paintings

My philosophy is that you can paint on anything and "get away with" anything for the short term (60 years or so maybe), but if you want it to be archival, you need to use an archival product. For hardboard, I'd consider that to mean sealing all six sides 2x with an archival sealer and then applying a few coats of archival acrylic primer/gesso.
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