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PVA (Poly Vinyl Acetate) is a contemporary size for fabric support. On linen and cotton canvas, it prevents the fabric from absorbing atmospheric moisture that eventually causes swelling and shrinking, and ultimately, paint cracking.
PVA Sizing retains its flexibility. Neutral pH means that it will not yellow.
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By Kristin C.
from Los Angeles
Comments about Gamblin PVA Sizing:
I use this to size linen in place of rabbit skin glue. It's a little more difficult to use, because it has to be painted on the front and the back and has to be stretched on a different support while it's being prepared. Once it's dry, it can be stretched on the bar it's meant to go on. It looks beautiful, though and is not water soluble after it dries. The linen is a little bit darker when it dries, but it's not noticeable unless it's next to an unprimed piece.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I would buy this product again and again
from Vermillion, SD
Used the product to protect a wood panel so I could paint on it. The product needs a system to pour it out. Its really water so its hard to pour with the top it has now.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Not Archival – it's an acidic PVA
So, I ordered this PVA size thinking it would save me time during some coating testing I was doing. It turns out that this product has an acidic pH and is totally unsuitable for any long term image stability. Total waste of money and time. It's disappointing to see Gamblin's name on it. I'm now mixing my own solution from an acid free PVA that drys and tests with an acid free profile. I can't recommend this stuff to anyone and it's been annoying to encounter this problem.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
More expensive than rabbit skin glue
from McMinnville, OR
While I do believe it is more archival than rabbit skin glue, it is a lot more expensive. Takes quite a bit to cover a canvas. I will use on my more ambitious works when I am using linen only.
(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Mixed Media Must
from Milwaukee, WI
I prefer to use colored pencils over markers in my work. When applied alone, this Gamblin PVA Sizing seals the paper without creating the ridges that applicator brushes produce in a heavier bodied product. Your pencil lines reflect the original surface of the paper, while reducung the blotter like effect especially journal pages seem prone to.However, my everyday ground is a mixture of gesso and PVA size, 1:1 or 1:2. It is often difficult to tell if the paper has been prepared because this combo allows the inherant paper textures to remain true and provides the perfect base for whatever media I choose to combine: watercolor, acrylic, glued papers, sprays. It extends the workable wet time yet isn't waterproof and shiney like a mod podge type product.
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