Gamblin Oil Painting Ground is incredibly accommodating. For a painter who needs their canvas ready ASAP, there is no other option. Thanks to its revolutionary binder, Gamblin Oil Ground only requires one week of drying time. Compare that to the six months of waiting if you plan on using common lead or linseed oil grounds. Even better, it cuts down on the number of coats that need to be applied. Acrylic gesso needs four. Gamblin Oil Ground? Just two. That said, not only is it quick, but it gives you another, long sought-after option: If you you’ve been looking for a canvas that’s firmer than acrylic gesso and more flexible than other oil primers, then you just have to apply this ground. And that application is easy on you because Gamblin Oil Ground is safe, utilizing a special blend of non-toxic ingredients to get the same job done better. Convenient, but no compromises. If only all supplies were this easy on you.
To be honest I still have to work with this product but I believe it’s is eay better than the cheap brand with lumps and all I used previous
outstanding product, highly recommend it.
For years I have been preparing stretched linen canvases with rabbitskin glue sizing followed by two coats of Gamblin Ground alkyd primer. It is my go-to prep. Yes, I have tried alternative preparations: linseed oil primer (with titanium white and with lead white), as well as acrylic gesso - but no other primer provides the combined advantages of low toxicity, quick drying time, and a resilient, non-absorbent surface for oil painting. The toxicity of lead requires too many accommodations for my taste. The linseed oil vehicle takes too long to dry between coats and to cure before painting. And acrylic gesso is.... well, it's plastic, and I have no interest in painting on plastic. The Gamblin Ground comes thick and is easier to handle if thinned with Gamsol (or OMS) to a consistency of pancake batter. I apply with a large spatula-shaped knife and scrape it then, then lightly caress the surface with a stiff bristle brush to smooth it out. Second coat goes on the next day. The finished surface is beautiful, and allows the weave of the linen to shine through. When you re-close the can, be sure to use the paper topping to cover the surface, otherwise it will skin. This product is highly recommended - and I have not found it cheaper anywhere else. !