Now finally I will answer one of the questions I was asked.
How do I prepare my wood supports?
Answer: After building the structure with wood bracings I coat the front of the panel with Gamblin Oil Painting Ground. It's an alkyd that makes a strong, bright, non-absorbent foundation for oil paintings. Colors are more brilliant and "glowy" on it.
Tools necessary: 2 large brushes (one for Gamblin alkyd, one for golden acrylic gesso), a container of each ground-Gablin and Golden, palette knife, throw away gloves, sandpaper, and time
I wear gloves and use a palette knife to scoop out this thick goopy ground. Once it is on the wood I spread with a brush while using vigorous strokes.
|sorry for the odd angle ..it was wet|
Now coat the front with a second layer of the Gamblin ground.You must wait 1 week for it to dry before beginning to paint.
Now here is the trick; because you have to wait between layers to paint again, I simply wrap the brush in a plastic bag. It will keep for at least two weeks if the bag is tight around the handle. So far I have not noticed any damage to brushes. My dad taught me this trick when he was here building my studio. We all know we have to take good care of our brushes (and I do) but who doesn't want a good short cut? Happy painting!