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I have seen two or three varieties of gesso at Himalaya Bookworld at Punjagutta.Lot's of artists use the good old PEBEO that you get here,but SAAREMISONS in the lane opp RBI
at Abids has a variety of art materials,and they also get you any item you want from their
international catalogues. Of course nothing like making your own.In fact I plan to buy my own canvas cloth and treat it for the purpose of my painting if I'm successful with what I'm seeking,the quality of the work will improve considerably.Lets wait and see.Do check SAAREMISONS out you'll find many things there.....PRINCE
I now have a nice friend like you from Argentina,home of Diego Maradona and the legendary Ernesto (Che Guevera).You have brought back memories!My father used to write for the Time and Life magazines USA. And was close to Fidel Castro and had met up with Che Guevera before his death in Columbia in 66 or 67. I remember my father had also met Pablo Picasso regarding his painting' Guernica' and written about him also, as he had become famous, but by a strange coincidence my father was a good friend of Generalissimo Francisco Franco,who was the dictator President of Spain,and he hated Picasso and wanted to kill him.Strange world Hah? The canvas I was talking about,is you know the plain porous canvas cloth?I want to prime it with some kind of treatment;wherein the absorbency is not lost,so that I can manipulate the paint more on the canvas.
You know acrylic how it dries so fast,it becomes difficult to handle the paint sometimes and this is what I'm struggling with.Any suggestions, ideas or inputs that you have would be truly welcome,as it would help a lot.
If you can deal with oil, as tou say, and your trouble is acrilics drying too fast my advice is:
1.- don`t make any preparation of the canvas. nothing. no gesso. nothing.
2.- use canvas 100% sintetic, the one is used for digital printings.(as many choises as you don`t imagine)
3.-wet the canvas as much as you need with water or acrilic thinnering.
4.-the result is a 100% inorganic .
5.-see you having your problem completly solved.
There are other options, ask as much as you want, even show me some of your paintings to situate myself as if I was you and give you the very right advice, incase something better comes to my mind.
What`s the % of cotton you usually buy?, give me this detail.Kind of 60% sintetic and 40% cotton ????
Don`t you please forget canvas preparations are sintetics, inorganic.Cotton is not.Waiting four an answer. PAZ
Prince Freakasso said:Dear Paz,
thanks for your prompt reply! Actually there is no problem with watercolour or oil paint because it can be manipulated,but acrylic dries so fast that it becomes hart to push around and blend.Thats why I want some kind of absorbant ability on the canvas,so that it stays wet and moist for some time.How do we keep the canvas wet and moist,if the the surface is the normal smooth type?Any ideas,thoughts,suggestions?Because this is a big problem on my mind.
You can try buying art material from a stationary shop called Jaya Engineering,it is located on Nampally station road,a little after you pass Royal stationary on the same road,you will find it near a lane on the right hand side.
You can contact Somesh,he will give you all materials at a good discount.You can also contact Nirmal Kuhad as he is
a man who brings together artists for group shows and things.He can be found at PARAS PAPERS near Koti at
Gowliguda road,Putli Bowli,Near Patthar ki Masjid.To answer the question on Oils,well I have used oils from a boy,
and of course painting in Oils is a real joy.You have to paint in a dust free room,and never sweep or clean the room while the painting is exposed.Depending on the colours used,the duration of drying will depend;with flake
white and raw sienna drying the fastest and Alizarin crimson and black the slowest,which would fall into the spectrum of 2-10 days.
As the drying painting has the tendency to attract static ensure to turn the easel with the painting you're working
on towards the wall after you've finished with it.I have never had this problem of colour fade,maybe you can expose the paintings to sunlight sometimes to retain their tints or hues,as this doe's help.
You can also use fast drying imported oil mediums for time bound works.A little expensive but worth the price.