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Old 03-18-2017, 08:55 AM
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Clear gesso

I bought some Liquitex Professional Clear Gesso and am quite disappointed. It does NOT dry clear at all. It's actually a translucent milky streaky surface. I had been hoping for a surface preparation for various media that would actually be virtually clear, invisible and show through an unusual ground, such as grained wood or metal or patterned tile.
Clearly (no pun intended) this is not the solution.
Does anyone out there have one that would work?
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:37 AM
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Re: Clear gesso

Its the gritty material that is giving you that cloudy appearance. I like to put on Liquitex clear gesso when I want to use a dry brush technique.

I think you would be fine with acrylic matte medium. It dries clear and has just enough tooth to paint on.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:18 AM
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Re: Clear gesso

I haven't used this but I saw it mentioned by another artist. It's Art Basics clear gesso by Finnabair. They said it is not gritty.
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Re: Clear gesso

Matte medium may work for you. I've had some success with it.
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Old 03-18-2017, 08:50 PM
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Re: Clear gesso

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Its the gritty material that is giving you that cloudy appearance. I like to put on Liquitex clear gesso when I want to use a dry brush technique.

I think you would be fine with acrylic matte medium. It dries clear and has just enough tooth to paint on.

Now that I've used it over a ceramic tile, can I use matte or even gloss medium to take down that translucent effect and turn it more transparent?????
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:12 PM
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Re: Clear gesso

No. You cannot unring the bell.
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:17 PM
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Very true: The train has left the station. Sorry.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:29 PM
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Re: Clear gesso

You should be able to remove it from the tiles and replace it with something else. Alcohol generally will cause gesso to loosen up. You could also try paint remover.

Art Alternatives "Clear" gesso does the same thing. I have some hardboard panels that were coated with clear gesso several years ago and the dark color of the board shows through very nicely with no milkiness or streaking. It is a very toothy surface also. Unfortunately I cannot remember the brand I used. I bought the AA brand recently since I ran out of whatever it was that I had, thinking that was it but it "clearly" was NOT.

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Old 03-18-2017, 11:40 PM
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Re: Clear gesso

This stuff is supposed to be fairly toothy and very transparent.

https://artistcellar.com/collections...ant=7631590661

I read in a google search what Stumblefingers posted, that some people use acrylic matte medium as a clear gesso primer for various surfaces.

I sure hope I can find the brand I used previously it is exactly what I want.

Edit: I found it - Tri-Art Artist Mediums, 1000ml, Clear Gesso - I ordered it from Amazon the summer of 2014.

I just examined some panels that were coated with it several years ago. The color of the hardboard shows through really well though it does darken the surface similar to what you get with any clear coating. Not as toothy as some of the other brands of gesso I have used, but toothy enough. I guess there is some point to saving old emails....

Now what to do with this yucky Art Alternatives clear (milky) gesso that is NOT clear. I guess I can tone it with some pigment for colored grounds.

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