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Gamblin Oil Painting Ground is the top choice for a new generation of painters looking for a convenient, non-toxic alternative to traditional lead oil grounds. Like all Gamblin products, it has been formulated to exhibit true historic working properties, yet is safer and more permanent.
The binder in Gamblin Oil Painting Ground makes it more flexible and faster-drying than lead/linseed oil grounds, which must dry for six months. Gamblin Oil Ground is ready for painting within a week. And because the percentage of pigments is so much higher than in acrylic gessos, painters only need to apply two coats of Gamblin Oil Ground instead of the recommended four coats of an acrylic gesso.
Cotton or linen canvas primed with Gamblin Oil Painting Ground will be stiffer than canvas primed with an acrylic gesso, yet more flexible than a canvas prepared with a traditional oil primer.
Gamblin Oil Painting Ground is made in the USA, at the company's wind-powered factory in Portland, Oregon.
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Oil painting ground
By Wanda rose
from Boreal forest
Comments about Gamblin Oil Painting Ground:
Great to paint on. But slow to dry, gambling says dries in a week, my experience is closer to a month.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By ne painter
I was feeling the pre gessoed canvases were not allowing my oil colors to remain as brilliant as possible so I decided to treat artboard with this. It makes a great surface and I feel better painting on top of it. I am a Gamblin fan.
I like it!
By Berry Boy Blue
It's really thick compared to the W&N which I like. Use a plastic scrapper and then roll it on. For me it touch dries within 24 hrs on panel boards. But I love it! It's like linen to cotton, once you use it, you don't want to go back to gesso!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Gamblin Oil Ground
By Bayview Painter
from Mt. Vernon WA
I use the product to prepare boards and canvas for painting in oils.It's very smooth and makes a great surface for oil paints that don't soak into the surface. it can be thinned with a small amount of Gamsol which makes it spread more easily.Without using a few drops of Gamsol it's sticky but thining it with Gamsol makes it much better to work with. The video illustrating how to use it is very helpful.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Wonderful, Fast Drying Ground
I brought this to repaint over some of my old canvasses, I'd been using acrylic gesso but found it couldn't stand up to the oil I was putting over it. Switched to this ground and it's been fantastic. It's ready in just a week and gives excellent tooth for strong brushwork.
Gamblin Oil Painting Ground is Great!...
By Wade the Painter
from Vancouver, British Columbia
I use Gamblin Oil Painting Ground on Birch panels for all my plein air oil paintings. It is stable, consistent and perfect for my needs.
Will make this a basic supply from now on.
from Houston, TX
So happy to find a safer alternative to lead grounds and long term untested acrylics. It levels smoothly and dries within 24 hours.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Great using over acrylic gesso canvas
I add a layer or two of this over commercially stretched canvases. Its worth it. Helps keep the expensive paints sitting on top, not sinking in and losing color and body. In my climate it takes about 10 days to dry fully. I had to experiment to get the dilution with OMS right so it doesn't spread too thickly.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Best painting surface for oils--period.
By Art man true
from New Mexico
Gamblin has an excellent instructional video on their website showing how to use this product. Whether you are painting on panels or on stretched canvas thiis oil painting ground is far superior to acrylic gessos. It covers so well and provides such a great "tooth" that I'll never go back to regular gessos. It's also economical because a little goes a long way in comparison to "gessos" in general.
My favorite ground
from LA, CAA
Two coats are recommended and satisfactory. I applied 4 for a very smooth surface.
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