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Differentiating Between Acrylic Gesso and Williamsburg Oil Ground

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  1. Thank you for this useful article. I spoke to Greg at Golden a few weeks ago regarding Williamsburg Oil Ground and how to use it. He was so knowledgeable and helpful. I paint in oils and am investigating Old Master techniques. I like the Williamsburg paints for their clarity and tooth.

    • Hello again Joanne,
      We also have Pastel Ground and Fine Pumice Gel which both provide a slightly abrasive surface. They can be applied over the Gesso or added to it in any amount. Painting with oils is fine on these products. When adding powdered solids to our Gesso we would recommend keeping the additions below 10%, as the solids level in the gesso is already pretty high. Overloading the solids can lead to a less flexible film.

    • Hi Joanne,
      Thanks for the comment. GOLDEN Acrylic Gesso is well balanced with good tooth and absorbency. It is a pleasure to paint on with oils!

  2. Yo Greg, keep up the good work! Just ordered some lead oil ground. Can’t wait to try it out.
    Hope you are well.

    Max Decker


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