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Old 04-25-2010, 07:09 PM
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Re: Drywall compound and gesso

We used to use Durabond 90. It's a small bag that you mix with water. The "90" is the approximate time (in seconds) that it will set and you can lay it on fairly heavy. Not sure about Canada, but in the US, check for it at a builder's supply; doubtful HD or Lowe's would carry it.

RE drywall mud; what you want to use is "All Purpose" which has glue and other emulsions -- not Topping. As with a lot of other materials, it is always best to do thin coats instead of just one heavy coat. Experiment.

We did a entry way and adjacent areas leading into the lounge at a Hilton Resort in a large layered palm frond design using a margin trowel and Durabound 90. The texture was fairly heavy but had no noticeable cracks or sagging. The finished work - after being painted - was in one of the trade magazines.

Best wishes, and good luck with your project, ...
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Re: Drywall compound and gesso

The textural surface plays one of key role in my painting.
I mix drywall compound, gesso and little bit of modeling paste. I apply it on canvas as a first layer. If it's necessary I add another thin layer of modeling paste to create fine textural details, then I do color layers.
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Re: Drywall compound and gesso

This is extremely helpful, thanks! I'm looking to do something similar.
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:02 PM
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Re: Drywall compound and gesso

I'm actually trying to so a cave-like texture on canvas. Any ideas for how I'd go about this?
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Re: Drywall compound and gesso

There is a product at HD called Flexal. It works great be sure to ventilate the room.
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Re: Drywall compound and gesso

I use industrial plaster. I buy it from a local ceramist store. It is basically easy to carve but is also excellent at reproducing other surfaces, textures. It does take an investment to learn how to manipulate it. it has a good absorptive rate for watercolor use
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Re: Drywall compound and gesso

I use a mixture of gesso and Redi-Filler an all purpose drywall filler for many of my paintings on wood. 3-1 part redi-filler to gesso. I learned this from an art teacher. After, it's completely dry, I sand it down, apply a layer of matte medium, then ready to paint.
It's never cracked on me;-)
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