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Old 04-07-2012, 03:40 PM
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Re: ox gall

Wow! this is an old thread almost three years
Since then I've been experimenting more with ox gall and yes a 10 to 15 percent added to the water will make a more even wash with watercolour or gouache, difference is not trmendous but it is there
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Re: ox gall

I find using ox gall when a few washes is applied to the paper the paper becomes more water resist because of the gum arabic in the pigment the more water resist ,the ox gall breaks this barrier.The more layers the more water resist the paper becomes as the gum arabic is a glue and seals the paper.
I started a painting that I had left forgotten in the boot of the car unpainted for al long time it was drawn up, when I started to paint I had a problem that the washes were not blending as I liked, the paper in such hot conditions was (cooked) using ox gall solved the problem the water was just sitting on top of the paper .It didn't appear to have lost it's sizing because it wasn't like a blotter that sometimes may happen with paper.I does give me more time to apply the washes the water evaporates a little slower i find.
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I have a bottle of it,as well as gum arabic,which is supposed to exert the opposite effect.Just haven't used neither one yet.

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Hi Bob Gum arabic can be also used to size the paper after a hard treatment before paintin over the area that way the paper behaves like new and not like a sponge
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Hi Bob Gum arabic can be also used to size the paper after a hard treatment before paintin over the area that way the paper behaves like new and not like a sponge
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Thank you for the tip Robert.I'll have in mind when I do heavy washes or soak too much a sheet of paper(if I soak it ).

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