Introducing our New "Eco & Vegan Gesso Kit" July 07 2013
As a professional artist, I've always wished that someone would invent a non-toxic, natural, vegan and archival gesso to prime my canvases and wood panels, but last year I gave up waiting. We spent many months formulating, testing and researching different ingredients and are excited to now introduce our new, natural and professional quality gesso kit! $23.95
This Kit contains: 3 lb.s of premium artist grade powdered limestone in an organic cotton muslin bag; an 8 oz. glass jar of Methyl Cellulose Glue (a natural, plant-based glue) and instruction sheet for mixing these 2 ingredients.
*Full kit makes 64 fl. oz. – primes about 20 medium sized canvases or surfaces.
Mix as much as needed for each session. Once mixed, store in an airtight container at room temp and shelf-life will be 2-3 months.
Why is this gesso not pre-mixed and in liquid form?
Once these ingredients are mixed, they have a limited shelf life in a container and if sold in that liquid form would require a petroluem based, toxic preservative to extend the shelf life. By mixing it yourself you’re eliminating the need for any additional toxins or preservatives.
The History of Artist Primers
Historically, artists primed their painting surfaces with animal hide glues such as rabbit skin glue. These tend to be brittle and susceptible to cracking, not to mention costing the lives of animals. With the invention of plastics in the early 1900’s, petroleum-based, acrylic gesso became the most commonly used artist primer even though it contains ammonia and formadehyde as preservatives.
What is Methyl Cellulose?
Methyl Cellulose is derived from plant fibers and is a natural and vegan glue alternative to animal glues. It is naturally archival. It is also used in foods and cosmetics and is non-allergenic.