Traditional Gesso Chalk Ground Recipe

Chalk Grounds made with Natural Glues

Making Chalk Grounds is probably one of the most difficult processes to learn, because so many things can affect the outcome of a chalk ground (temperature, humidity, type of chalk, type of glue, etc.) While there are many approaches to making a chalk grounds, here is a simple approach that can be altered as needed.

The first thing to consider is that any chalk ground has to be applied onto a rigid surface. Chalk Grounds have a tendency to be brittle and therefore would crack and separate from a flexible ground. The best rigid surface would be a wooden panel. In order to avoid uneven moisture absorption by the wood, the panel has to first be sized front back and side with a natural glue size (rabbit or hide glue).

See recipe below. Here are our ingredients for the best Chalk Ground Gesso:

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